Public hearing for Metro III on April 11

The residents of Juhu area, who have been opposing the elevated Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd (CBM) metro corridor, will once again get an opportunity to table their objections and suggestions in front of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). The developmental body has kept a public hearing for the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz (CBS) — Metro line III — for April 11.

Confirming the same, MMRDA Joint Project Director Dilip Kawatkar said, “We will be organising a public hearing on April 11 for the nine suggestion and objections we have received for the CBS corridor.”

Work in progress: Metro rail link on the Andheri-Jogeshwari flyover. File pic

As per the Town Planning Act, only those people, who either raise objection or make a suggestion, are allowed to participate in the hearing. However, since the metro project falls under the Tramways Act, anyone and everyone, who has an objection or a suggestion can attend the hearing.

Earlier, Juhu residents had suggested that MMRDA should club metro line II and III, and also consider going underground. Nitin Killawala, who has submitted suggestions to the MMRDA, said, “Till now, we have not received any letter from MMRDA regarding the public hearing, but we would see to it that it witnesses maximum turnout and prove our point that how line II and III can be clubbed together.”

“The Charkop-Bandra part of the present CBM Metro line II, which is approximately 18-km long, should be merged with Metro line III at Dharavi. The distance between, Cuffe Parade to Dharavi is approximately 19 km. Hence the combined alignment of underground Metro shall be approximately 37 km between Cuffe Parade to Charkop,” he added.

Suggestions & objections
Killawala had also suggested MMRDA to defer connection from Dharavi to Seepz, to avoid duplications between Bandra and Andheri suburban areas. However, the same shall be taken up as an extension, having a loop from Dharavi, BKC, Domestic & International airport, Seepz and further extended to the highly populated Jogeshwari-Vikroli-Link Road (JVLR), Goregaon and connected at Bangur Nagar. This underground loop will be approximately 20-km long.

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