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Mumbai: MMRDA to start work on Rs 130-crore car depot

Confirming the development, Metropolitan Commissioner UPS Madan said the contract has already been awarded; work will commence in Aarey Milk Colony next month

With the construction of the car depot for Colaba-Bandra-Seepz (CBZ) Metro Line-3 in Aarey Milk Colony expected to commence next month, the project has taken another step towards completion. The Rs 130-crore car depot is likely to be completed in the next two years.

The car depot for Colaba-Bandra-Seepz (CBZ) Metro Line-3 in Aarey Milk Colony is expected to commence next month. Representation pic
The car depot for Colaba-Bandra-Seepz (CBZ) Metro Line-3 in Aarey Milk Colony is expected to commence next month. Representation pic

Confirming the development, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) Commissioner UPS Madan said, “The metro car depot is an important aspect of the entire Metro project. The construction will start on a 30-hectare plot in Aarey Milk Colony, for which a contract has already been awarded to contractor R K Madhani.”

A senior MMRDA official said that it is necessary to have proper land for construction of the car depot with all the requisite permissions. “This will help MMRDA implement the project without glitches or delays. The state immediately gave us permission to acquire the plot to build the car depot,” he said.

Project details

>> Though the construction of the car depot is set to commence at the beginning of next month, tunnelling and station work will start early next year 

>> Metro Line-3 comprises 27 stations 26 underground, and one at ground level in Aarey Colony 

>> The underground construction will be carried out at an average depth of 15 to 25 metres 

>> The 32.5-km-long Metro Line-3 will be build in seven phases and at 14 different locations 

>> While a tunnel boring machine (TBM) will be used for carving out tunnels, stations will be built using either cut-and-cover method or the New Austrian Tunnelling Method (NATM), as per site requirements

Anticipated commuter traffic
2021: 39,000 commuters per hour per direction
2031: 42,000 commuters per hour per direction

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