In an important decision that will help in the implementation of the underground Colaba Bandra Seepz metro line three project, the Maharashtra government on Monday issued a government resolution (GR) which will help the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation in starting the construction in south Mumbai.
In the GR that was issued on Monday it has been stated that the concerned department including the Urban Development Department and Public Works Department should transfer 31,494 square meters of land at the famous Azad Maidan near CST to the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC). It should be noted that the Azad Maidan comes under the jurisdiction of PWD.
"It is a positive thing that the land will be transferred to us but out of 31,494 square meters we will permanently require 718 square meters and the remaining will be handed over after five years because the same land will be required only during construction to store material and for the purpose of parking machineries," an official who did not wished to be named said.
It has been clearly mentioned in the GR that MMRC will have to do the restoration of part of the ground that will be used and the remaining should be handed over to PWD.
Before starting the work MMRC will have to take NOC from Home Department, Urban Development Department and Environment department.
The plan of MMRC to use the portion of Azad Maidan had faced criticism from cricket lovers and citizens as it was believed that metro construction would hamper the cricketing activity that at present takes place on the ground but MMRC last year had said that it's work will have a minimum impact and that too during construction period only.
"Some of the cricket pitches will have to make way for the metro construction and that will be during construction time. The space that will be used inside Azad Maidan will be hundred to few hundred meters away behind the Mumbai Press Club." A source told mid day.