Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Times of India

Colaba to Dhaisar underground line being discussed seriously

MUMBAI: Commuters would be able to travel in AC comfort between Colaba and Dahisar by underground Metro rail if the discussions now on at the MMRDA's office are finalized.
MMRDA commissioner Rahul Asthana said discussions were on about changing the plan for the Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd Metro line and keeping only one line from Bandra to Dahisar. This route would link up with the Colaba-Bandra underground line. "The Mankhurd leg of the Metro could be taken up later,'' Asthana said.
MMRDA planners state that the first metro line from Versova Andheri Ghatkopar is an East West line, these lines are more difficult to build. The North South lines are easier as they flow along the current transport networks. Building a line from Colaba to Dhaisar thus makes sense as the MMRDA wants to get the line going.
The second line from Charkop Bandra Mankhurd was initially planned as an underground line but ran into opposition from citizens groups who wanted an underground route which they said would be less destructive to the residences and the environment.