27 Feb, 2017
The state coastal zone authority has granted the clearance for the elevated metro line between Wadala and Thane, forwarding the file to the central and state environment agencies for final approval.
The 32.32-km corridor passes through areas where construction is limited by coastal zone rules. Over 1-km stretch of the proposed metro line crosses water bodies in Bhakti Park, Wadala, which falls in Coastal Regulation Zone II. According to the project plan, 48 piers have been proposed in this zone.
Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) will implement project, which officials expected to complete by 2021. The proposed elevated line promises to ease the gruelling commute between Mumbai and Thane.
The Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority cleared the project proposal at a meeting recently. The MMRDA plans to construct a car shed spread over 30 hectares at Owala village in Thane district and another in Vikhroli. Casting yards have also been proposed at the two sites.
Apart from the Union environment ministry, the coastal zone authority has sent the proposal to the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority.
Strict conditions The MMRDA has been asked to ensure that noise levels at metro construction sites are within the prescribed limits. Most of the work, in fact, should take place at night. All machines and heavy equipment will have noise mufflers and silencers. The city development body has also been directed not to dump construction debris in coastal zone areas.
“Our target is to complete the project by 2021. The metro is a modern public transport and it will have a huge positive impact in the areas around the corridor, leading to development,” a government officer said.
Thirty-two stations have been planned on the route: Bhakti Park, Wadala TT, Anik Nagar Bus Depot, Suman Nagar, Siddharth Colony, Amar Mahal Junction, Garodia Nagar, Pant Nagar, Laxmi Nagar, Shreyas Cinema, Godrej Company, Vikhroli, Surya Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Naval Housing, Bhandup Mahapalika, Bhandup, Shangrila, Sonapur, Mulund Fire Station, Mulund Naka, Teen Haath Naka (Thane), RTO Thane, Mahapalika Marg, Cadbury Junction, Majiwada, Kapurbawdi, Manpada, Tikuji-niwadi, Dongri Pada, Vijay Garden, Kasarvadavali.