While the pace at which the underground Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-III will be implemented is being discussed in various forums, a press release issued by Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) states that 83% of the total land required for the construction of the project is in their possession.
“To ensure unhindered and uninterrupted work to implement the 33.5-km long Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro-3 corridor, we already have in our possession 83% of the total land required for the construction of the project. We are very close to acquiring the balance land”, Ashwini Bhide, Managing Director, Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC).
The total Government Land required for the implementation of the project is 75.22 Ha, out of which 13.02 Ha. is needed on a permanent basis and 62.20 Ha. is required temporarily. The MMRC already has received possession of 62.43 Ha. of which 2.16 Ha. will be required on permanent basis and 60.27 Ha. will be returned post completion of the project. The balance land is to come from MCGM both on temporary and permanent basis for which proposal have already been submitted to MCGM. In fact the proposal for temporary land transfer is already approved by the Improvement Committee and was under approval of the Corporation.
“Most urban infrastructure projects get delayed because of the various issues faced while acquiring the requited land. This leads to huge cost overruns and delays the benefits to the citizens. We at MMRC, however, are more than careful to avoid such situations”, said Bhide further.
The requirement of the private land for metro3 project on permanent basis is only 0.55ha and on temporary basis is only 3 ha. MMRC has taken all necessary steps to acquire these lands by negotiation.
Metro-III corridor will carry 14 lakh commuters daily and will connect six major business and employment centers in the city and provide a direct rail access to the domestic and international terminals of the city airport.
The corridor will also connect 12 educational Institutions, 11 major hospitals and 30 employment clusters, government, private offices, domestic and international airports. Further, the corridor will reduce 456,771 vehicle trips and save 2.5 lakh liters of fuel every day.