In an effort to stop the demolition of 1000’s of buildings within the much-awaited Section 2 of Metro 5 challenge between Bhiwandi and Kalyan cities, the Mumbai Metropolitan Area Growth Authority (MMRDA) has determined to construct underground the Metro line for the 3km stretch from Rajiv Gandhi chowk to Temghar.
With this concept by the MMRDA, out of the 1,597 buildings – each industrial and residential – round 735 buildings could be saved, claimed the MMRDA officers.
“After the Dhamankar Naka, there’s a proper flip and there are round 2,000 institutions that will likely be affected. As a substitute of demolishing so many buildings, we determined to go underground and construct the Metro line and save as many buildings as attainable. So, the revised plan was determined,” stated SVR Srinivas, commissioner, MMRDA.
On report, as per the survey, the MMRDA claimed 1,597 buildings could be affected in the course of the challenge. Nevertheless, the variety of institutions on this 3km stretch from Rajiv Gandhi chowk to Temghar is round 2,000, claimed the MMRDA commissioner.
“The underground Metro line will likely be constructed round 22-25m beneath the street. The work of the Section 2 of the Metro 5 challenge has not but begun and that’s the reason we’ve taken this determination previous to it. If round 2,000 buildings had been to be demolished, rehabilitation of these affected could be a priority,” added Srinivas.
As of now, solely 862 institutions could be affected, as per the MMRDA. As MMRDA has made this Metro route underground, the flyover at Dhamankar Naka could be demolished and the 1.5km street as much as Rajiv Gandhi Chowk could be widened. Underpasses and repair roads will likely be constructed.
Bhiwandi and Gopal Nagar Metro stations had been proposed on the route from Dhamankar Naka to Temghar. Nevertheless, the assembly permitted the cancellation of Gopal Nagar station because the street from Rajiv Gandhi Chowk to Temghar will likely be underground within the new plan.
In the meantime, with the brand new plan, the price of the challenge may also enhance by ₹1,727Cr because of the underground work. On the time of the proposal of the challenge, an expenditure of ₹8,417Cr was permitted.
The demolition work of the 862 institutions could be carried out by the Bhiwandi Nizampur Metropolis Municipal Company (BNCMC) and the civic physique should take care of the rehabilitation of these affected.
Within the Section 1 of Metro 5 challenge, which is from Thane to Bhiwandi, at current, 50.70% progress has been made.
A 25km lengthy Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan metro line was permitted by the Maharashtra Cupboard in October 2017. Though the Section 1 of the challenge is progressing, the Section 2 of this challenge is but to start.
“The section is meant to start in one other 5 to 6 months’ time. We’ve set a goal accordingly,” stated Srinivas.
Earlier, activists and builders from Kalyan had written to the MMRDA to alter the route for the Bhiwandi–Kalyan Metro line because it was not close to the Kalyan railway station. The MMRDA, nevertheless, has not thought of altering the route.
“We made a research on the variety of passengers and based mostly on that we’ve not modified the route,” stated Srinivas.
The research discovered that Kalyan would see round 46 lakh residents by 2031 whereas the neighbouring Bhiwandi inhabitants would rise from 6.8 lakh to 13 lakh.
For Bhiwandi residents, one of the best ways to connect with different cities is the street. The Metro is not going to solely enhance connectivity in Bhiwandi however may also pave the best way for infrastructural improvement.
As per the authorities, one of many main benefits of the proposed Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan Metro would be the enchancment within the connectivity between these three cities.
“It’s excessive time we’ve the Metro line between Bhiwandi and Kalyan cities as many are proper now dependant on street transport that takes loads of time on account of site visitors congestion. The Metro will likely be a significant aid,” stated Santosh Pandey, a 38-year-old resident of Bhiwandi.