To avoid delays in the construction of the Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ metro line due to challenges posed during the Resettlement and Rehabilitation (R&R) of Project Affected People (PAPs), the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRC) will seek the help of a non-government organisation (NGO) to help the MMRDA solve issues such as the maintenance of buildings and its surroundings in the R&R colonies of the body, which may crop up post rehabilitation. The body will choose a NGO based on the organisation’s experience in the field.

According to previous reports, the MMRDA faced difficulties while dealing with issues such as repairing buildings, on-site infrastructure problems, providing healthcare and education services to the residents of the colonies, due to its limited staff. “We want to appoint a NGO to provide assistance and support in the rehabilitation and resettlement of PAPs of Mumbai Metro Line 3 Project and in post R&R activities for PAPs resettled in various colonies of Metro Line 3 as well,” confirmed a senior MMRDA official, on condition of anonymity.

In the past, the MMRDA successfully rehabilitated 42,000 PAPs affected by its various projects in 45 R&R colonies located mostly in the suburbs of Mumbai. Also, in the past, the MMRDA had sought the help of NGOs for the R&R activities that had to be carried out as a result of the projects of bodies such as the Mumbai Urban Transport Project.

Earlier, the MMRDA carried out R&R work on its own. “The NGO will help MMRDA train office bearers of PAP organisations, co-ordinate with the municipal corporation and other agencies while providing facilities, spreading awareness, and so on,” said an MMRDA official, on condition of anonymity. Construction of the Metro line 3 is expected to commence early next year. The project will see state-of-the-art technology in underground tunnelling, used for the first time in an infrastructure project in Mumbai.