Mumbai metro project: Mumbai metro rail-3 underground project could take at least two more years to complete

Mumbai’s Colaba-SEEPZ Metro Line 3 could take another two to two-and-a-half years as several works, including part of the tunnel boring works as well as station construction, are still pending, a senior has said. Mumbai Metropolitan Area Development Authority (MMRDA) official said. When completed, this first underground metro line in the city will provide connectivity to the city’s airport from south Mumbai and western suburbs, and reduce the burden on suburban dwellers.

Addressing a press conference on Thursday, MMRDA Metropolitan Commissioner SVR Srinivas said: “Mumbai Metro Line 3 will still take at least two to two and a half years to complete as there is still a lot of work left. other than the deposit”.

“Another 1.5 km long tunnel drilling work on the 33.5 km line is in progress, besides the construction of stations and other works like signaling, telecommunications, overhead cables and the center control, among others,” he added.

Notably, the Maharashtra government led by Shiv Sena had previously decided to move the Aarey Colony metro car shed to the suburb of Kanjurmarg, delaying the ambitious underground metro line project.

The previous BJP-led dispensation decided to build the Mumbai Metro Line 3 Carshed at Aarey Colony in the western suburbs, despite opposition from environmentalists and activists to the extensive tree cutting for the project . However, the current government of Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) has taken the decision to move the car shed from Aarey settlement to Kanjurmarg.

The Center and the state government were locked in a fight over ownership of the land reserved by the state for the construction of the car depot in the Kanjurmarg area.

Srinivas said MMRDA was carrying out a study to extend the Chembur -Wadala -Jacob Circle monorail corridor by another 200-250 meters to connect it to Mumbai Metro Line 3.

“We will make a decision on this in a month,” he said.

Bonny J. Streater