PM Modi to lay foundation stone of Metro corridors during Mumbai visit

In what can be called as a major boost to the public transportation system of Mumbai, Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Mumbai visit, on October 11, will lay the foundation stone of two important elevated Metro corridors – Dahisar-D N Nagar and Dahisar-Andheri (east) route.

The Dahisar-DN Nagar line would be 18.6 km and would be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 4994 crore and the Dahisar-Andheri (east) line would be 16.5 km long and would be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 4737 crore.

An MMRDA official said, “The Bhoomipujan ceremony for Dahisar to DN Nagar Metro and Dahisar (east) to Andheri (east) Metro corridors will be done at the august hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 5.00 p.m. at the MMRDA Ground, Opposite Citi Bank, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Bandra (East), Mumbai."

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation has prepared the revised DPR of both the lines and they have mentioned interest in implementing the project, which also means that the completion of the project would be faster as the MMRDA will not have to waste the time that usually goes in the bidding process and awarding of contracts.

Sources also told mid-day that, in the past, the Asian Development Bank officials had a meeting with the senior state government officials and they have shown keen interest in partly funding the project in the way of a loan. JICA bank, which is funding the Metro line-III, had also shown keen interest in giving loan to the project, but ADA bank has been preferred as it gives more independence to the implementing agency.

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