Mumbai, India (Urban Transport News): The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), which is building Mumbai Metro Line 6, has written to the Maharashtra's Urban Development Department last week seeking land allotment at Kanjurmarg for the building Metro depot between Swami Samarth Nagar and Vikhroli.
“Now that the Shinde-led government has taken a decision to have Metro 3 car shed at Aarey instead of Kanjurmarg, for Metro 6 the land is sought by MMRDA at Kanjurmarg as per the original plan instead of integrated car depot,” said a sources, The Indian Expess reported.
The move comes a month after the new state government overturned the decision of the previous Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) dispensation to relocate the Metro Line-3 (Aqua Line) car shed from Aarey Colony to Kanjurmarg.
However, during the MVA government, the Mumbai Metro 3 car shed was proposed to be shifted to Kanjurmarg amid opposition by environmentalists and an integrated car shed of three metros corridors was planned at Kanjurmarg. For all the three metro corridors, Metro lines 6, 3 and 4, 102 acre of land was required at Kanjurmarg.
The land parcels got stuck in litigations with several private parties as well as the salt pan department claiming the land and approaching court.
The 14.4 km long Mumbai Metro line 6 (Swami Samarth Nagar-Jogeshwari-Vikhroli-Kanjurmarg) will connect Eastern and Western Express highways through Jogeshwari Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR) through 13 metro stations.
This corridor is being constructed at a cost of Rs 6,700 crore and it will facilitate commuters to reduce the travel time on the route by 35-45 minutes. The 13 metro stations will be come at Swami Samarth Nagar, Adarsh Nagar, Jogeshwari (W), JVLR, Shyam Nagar, Maha Kali Caves, SEEPZ Village, Saki Vihar, Rambaug, Powai Lake, IIT Powai, Kanjur Marg and Vikhroli (EEH).