As Mumbai Metro-3 underground testing begins, Shinde-Fadnavis duo slam MVA

Abandoning train trials for Mumbai’s first underground Metro 3 line, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Assistant Deputy Minister Devendra Fadnavis slammed former government Maha Vikas Aghadi, blaming it for delays in building the corridor Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ.

Fadnavis, without naming ex-CM Uddhav Thackeray, said opposition to Mumbai Metro-3 was more for political reasons than love for the environment, which had delayed the project.

However, CM Shinde has now taken the initiative to take over the stalled project which will be another lifeline for the Mumbaikars, Fadnavis added.

Referring to the row above the subway car shed moved from Aarey settlement to Kanjurmarg by the MVA and the decision overturned by Shinde on June 30, Fadnavis argued that the move was in the public interest without affect the environment.

Shinde said no one can stop the progress of Maharashtra or Mumbai Metro and the first phase is expected to be operational by December 2023, and later it will be fully fledged in the next phase in June 2024.

Marking a significant breakthrough, Shinde and Fadnavis announced the trials on Mumbai’s first fully underground Metro 3 line amid great fanfare and protests from a small group of protesters.

Officials from Shinde, Fadnavis and Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) waved the green flag for the trial run at Sariputnagar in Aarey settlement to Marol Naka station, complete with temporary carport and tunnel 3 km on the road.

Work on the 33.50 km Metro Corridor 3 began in 2016 and the first phase is expected to be completed by the end of 2023, linking Colaba in south Mumbai to SEEPZ in the northwest via Bandra, with 26 metro stations. underground and one at ground level.

MMRCL officials informed that testing of the subway rakes over the next three to six months would include various parameters such as speed, emergency brakes, rake performance, air compressor systems, testing automatic doors, ventilation, oscillation in the tunnel – a first for Bombay.

According to initial plans, the line was to be completed in December 2021, but got bogged down due to the row of car sheds entering Aarey settlement and the MVA government had rejected the proposal in November 2019, to move the car shed. a new site in Kanjurmarg.

After coming to power two months ago, the Shinde-Fadnavis government hastened the MVA’s decision and restored the location of the Kanjurmarg car shed to Aarey Forest, prompting protests from the Party- Nationalist Congress of the Shiv Sena as well as environmentalists.

The delays have resulted in cost increases from initial estimates of Rs 23,000 crore to now around Rs 37,000 crore, and the full project with part running under Mahim Stream and Mithi River is now not expected to be completed until mid -2025.

The current status of the project is that almost 99% of the tunneling work is complete, giving an overall project execution of approximately 70%.



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