Approved: 600 km of new metro lines
The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has initiated projects worth Rs.20,000 crore in Mumbai on 7 Sept 2019 while Rs.1.5 lakh crore have already been invested in Mumbai Metro.
He said that new metro lines, Metro Bhavan and new facilities at metro stations, will give a new dimension to Mumbai and make life easier for Mumbaikars.
“The connection between Bandra and expressway will make life easier for professionals. With these projects, Mumbai can be reached in minutes”.
He complimented the state government for the changes being brought about in the field of infrastructure.
As India proceeds towards the goal of becoming a US$5 trillion economy, its cities too should become cities of the 21st century.
In line with this goal, the Government is spending Rs.100 lakh crore in next five years on building modern infrastructure, which will benefit Mumbai and many other cities.
The Prime Minister highlighted the importance of future-ready infrastructure and noted that connectivity, productivity, sustainability and safety need to be considered while developing cities.
To make transport easier, the Government is striving to build integrated transport systems. A vision document has been released to provide better infrastructure for Mumbai Metropolitan Region. The document explains how to make best use of various modes of transport, such as Mumbai local, bus system. A master plan for Mumbai metro has been made.
Informing citizens about the expansion plan for Mumbai Metro, Modi said: “From 11 km today, the metro network of the city will increase to 325 km by 2023-24.
“The capacity of the metro will become as much as that of the volume of people carried by Mumbai local today. The coaches which run on the metro lines will also be manufactured in India.”
He stated that 10,000 engineers and 40,000 skilled and unskilled workers will get job opportunities due to the metro projects.
Citing the examples of Navi Mumbai airport, Mumbai Trans Harbour terminal and bullet train project, the PM said that the scale and speed with which projects are being executed today is unprecedented.
Reflecting on the fast expansion of the metro system in India, the Prime Minister said that metro was present in only a few cities until recently, while today a metro is present or is being launched in the near future in 27 cities.
“675 km of metro lines are operational today, out of which around 400 km became functional in the last five years; work is in progress on 850 km, while approval has been given for work on 600 km of metro lines.”
The PM said that efforts are being made to develop India’s infrastructure in a holistic way, in order to fast-track development.
Projects in Brief
The Prime Minister laid foundation stone for three metro lines, which will together add more than 42 km to the metro network of the city. The three corridors are 9.2 km long Gaimukh to ShivajiChowk (Mira Road) Metro-10 corridor, 12.7 km long Wadala to ChhatrapatiShivajiMaharaj Terminus Metro-11 corridor and 20.7 km long Kalyan to Taloja Metro-12 corridor.
He also laid foundation stone for a state-of-the-art Metro Bhavan; the 32-storey centre will operate and control 14 metro lines measuring around 340 km.
Modi inaugurated Bandongri Metro Station, Kandivali East.He also inaugurated a state-of-the-art metro coach, the first metro coach under Make in India.The PM released a Brand Vision Document for Maha Mumbai Metro. fiinews.com