The much awaited and ambitious project for the connectivity, Rs 4,000-crore Navi Mumbai Metro will finally be operational by December 2018.
City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) officials said the work was progressing according to the revised schedule and the new timeline will most likely to be met.
They added that since they had acquired all the permissions and secured the cooperation of agencies, they were confident of meeting the new target and getting it up and running on schedule.
The 21.45-km-long Metro corridor has been divided into three phases — Belapur-Pendhar (11.10 km), Khandeshwar Taloja (8.35 km) and the MIDC route that will connect the two corridors (2.2 km). It will provide connectivity to the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport, reported Hindustan Times.
“The Cidco initiated the project, meant to boost the city’s transport facilities, in 2011. The Belapur-to-Pendhar line is the first of three we are working on,” said Mohan Ninawe, senior public relations officer, Cidco. Work has been divided into four parts — viaduct, stations, depot and systems. Ninawe further said that 95% of the viaduct work had been completed.
“Work on the Taloja depot has been completed and the diesel locomotive engine that arrived has been kept there,” he added. More than Rs120 crore has been spent on completing 94% of the Metro depot.
Line 1:The 23.40 km line consists of 20 metro stations from Belapur to
Khandeshwar.It is expected to cost ₹4,163 crore .CBD Belapur, Sector
7,CIDCO Science Park, Utsav Chowk (Khargar), Sector 11, Sector 14,
Central Park, Pethpada, Sector 34, Panchanand, Pendhar Funding-
All the phases of Line 1 will be constructed and funded by CIDCO.
Lines 2 : Will be funded by the NMMC and MMRDA respectively.