Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday laid foundation stones for projects worth Rs 41,000 crore in Maharashtra.
These projects included three metro lines - Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan (Metro 5), Dahisar-Mira Bhayander (Metro 9) , Hinjewadi-Shivajinagar– and affordable housing projects under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.
The metro lines in the Mumbai suburb will see investment worth over Rs 15,000 crore while the Navi Mumbai town planning authority Cidco’s (City & Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) mass-housing scheme would cost Rs 18,000 crore.The housing scheme offers around 89,771 affordable housing units.
Accompanied by state chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union urban development minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Modi laid the foundation stones for the these three projects.
The Rs 8,416-crore, 24.9-km-long Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan metro corridor (Metro-5) is expected to carry around 2.29 lakh commuters daily by 2021, with the entire system designed for six-coach trains.
The corridor will have 17 stations. The 10.3-km elevated Dahisar-Mira Bhayander corridor (Metro-9) comprising eight stations, is expected to be completed by 2022, and the cost of the project is estimated at Rs 6,607 crore.
Both the projects are being executed by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). As per the proposal, Metro-9 will be integrated with Metro-7 (Dahisar to Andheri) and Metro-2A (Dahisar -DN Road) along with the proposed Rs 3,600-crore Gaimukh-Shivaji Chowk (Mira Road or Metro-10).
The tendering process to appoint general consultants and contractors for civil works for Metro 9 is in progress, and is expected to commence from next March.
Currently, the northwestern suburbs of Mira-Bhayander are connected to Mumbai via the suburban line.
In Pune, PM Modi laid the foundation stone for the third metro line between Hinjewadi and Shivajinagar. This project is being implemented by the Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority on a public-private partnership basis.
At present, work on several metro corridors is underway across the megapolis, including the Dahisar-DN Nagar (Metro-2A), DN Nagar-Mankhurd (Metro-2B), Andheri (East)0-Dhisar (Metro-7), Colaba-Bandra-Seepz (Metro-3), the elevated Wadala-Kasarvadavali (Metro 4) and the SwamiSamarthnagar-Jogeshwari-Vikhroli (Metro-6).
Watch: PM Modi lays foundation stone for two metro lines
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also laid down the foundation of Pune metro's phase 3, in Pune.
"Metro is becoming the lifeline of cities of the country. In the last 4 years, the govt has extended this network to several cities and even more cities will be connected in the time to come," Prime Minister said during the inaugural ceremony.
(With PTI inputs)