Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived in Mumbai on Tuesday morning, is set to launch infrastructure and housing projects worth about Rs. 41,000 crore in Maharashtra.
During his visit, PM Modi will first attend an event organised by a TV channel, followed by the release of the book ‘Timeless Laxman’ at Raj Bhavan.
He will then lay the foundation stone for the Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan Metro-5 and Dahisar-Mira Bhayander Metro-9 at Kalyan in adjoining Thane district.
The PM will then proceed to Pune, where he will lay the foundation stone for the third metro line between Hinjewadi and Shivajinagar, being implemented by the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority on a public-private partnership basis.
The Kalyan event will also see the launch of Navi Mumbai town planning authority City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra’s (CIDCO) mass housing scheme.
As part of the scheme, around 90,000 affordable homes will be offered under the ‘Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana’.
PM Modi will fly to Delhi from Pune on Tuesday night.
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The Rs 8,416-crore 24.9-km long Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan Metro-5 corridor is expected to carry around 2.29 lakh commuters daily in 2021, with the entire system designed for six-coach trains. The corridor will have 17 stations.
The 10.3-km elevated Dahisar-Mira Bhayander Metro-9 corridor, comprising eight stations, is expected to be completed by 2022, and the cost of the project is estimated at Rs 6,607 crore.
Both the projects are being executed by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).
The Metro-9 will be integrated with Metro-7 (Dahisar to Andheri) and Metro-2A (Dahisar and DN Road) and the Rs. 3,600-crore Gaimukh-Shivaji Chowk (Mira Road) Metro-10.
According to MMRDA, the Rs 4,967.75 crore required for land acquisition, resettlement, rehabilitation and civil works for Metro-9 will be borne by the state government and MMRDA.
JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency), on the other hand, is expected to give loan assistance for the remaining Rs. 1,639.25 crore required for rolling stock and systems. The tendering process to appoint consultants & contractors will comence in March.
“Currently, the Mira-Bhayander suburbs are connected to Mumbai via the suburban railways. After Metro-9 corridor is constructed, commuters will be able to take metro up to Mira-Bhayander from south Mumbai,” an MMRDA official said.
Work on several metro corridors is underway across the megapolis, including Dahisar to DN Nagar metro-2A, DN Nagar to Mankhurd metro-2B, Andheri (East) to Dahisar Metro-7 and Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3.Back to latest news