Maharashtra finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, while presenting the vote-on-account for the first four months of 2019-20 (April to July), on February 27, 2019, said that the Mumbai Metro’s network would be expanded to 276 kms from 11.4 kms at present. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), the executing agency for Mumbai Metro, has been given a nod for 276 kms of network, he said. The metro will be extended to satellite towns surrounding Mumbai such as Thane, Mira-Bhayander, Vasai-Virar, Kalyan-Dombivali and Bhiwandi, the finance minister said.
Presenting the vote-on-account in the legislative assembly, he said the government was also committed to complete the metro projects in other cities expeditiously. Metro projects are also underway in Nagpur, Pune and Navi Mumbai and 141.06 kms of metro network will be constructed in these cities, Mungantiwar said. Preliminary survey for a light rail transport system is also being undertaken for Nashik city, he said.
MMRDA’s jurisdiction to be expanded, Mumbai Metro Operations Corp to be set up
Maharashtra’s chief minister has approved the inclusion of Palghar taluka and parts of Vasai, Alibaug, Pen, Panvel and Khalapur talukas in the MMRDA’s jurisdiction and also approved the DPR for metro rail lines 10, 11 and 12 in Mumbai
November 22, 2018: Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, on November 21, 2018, said Palghar taluka and some parts of Vasai, Alibaug, Pen, Panvel and Khalapur talukas of Raigad district, will be included in the jurisdiction of the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA). He also approved the setting up of Mumbai Metro Operation Corporation Ltd, for the operations and maintenance of the Mumbai Metro rail.
Fadnavis, who is the chairman of the MMRDA, was speaking at the 146th meeting of the Authority, in Mumbai. Apart from the inclusion of new areas as growth centres under the MMRDA and approval of establishment of Metro Operations Corporation Ltd, Fadnavis also approved the DPR (detailed project report) of three new metro lines – 10, 11 and 12.
A statement from the chief minister’s office (CMO) said the Metro 10 – Gaimukh-Shivaji Chowk (Mira Road) route would be 11.2 kms and the project’s cost would be Rs 4,476 crores. There will be four elevated stations. The Wadala-CSMT Mumbai Metro 11 will be 11.4 kms in length and the project would cost Rs 8,739 crores. There will be 10 stations (two elevated and eight underground). The Kalyan-Dombivali-Taloja Metro 12 will be an extension of the Metro 5 line. Its total length will be 20.75 kms and the route will be completely elevated. Its total cost will be Rs 4,132 crores. There will be 17 stations on the route.
The statement said all these DPRs will be recommended for approval from the state government. Fadnavis also gave his in-principle nod to the project implementation unit (PIU), for the Virar-Alibaug multi-modal transport corridor. Its total length will be 97 kms and the project will cost Rs 39,841 crores. The chief minister also approved the MMRDA to work as the development authority for the development of Kalina campus of the Mumbai University.