Maharashtra government recently approved three new metro routes which will provide connectivity to major areas in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). These newly approved routes will be a much needed addition for the Mumbai metro as they will cover southern and eastern Mumbai as well as a significant part of Thane. Two of the aforementioned three lines will cover the suburbs of Thane and provide a simpler, faster and a greener means of communication.
These three lines, metro 10, 11 & 12, are expected to cost the government around ₹25,000 and would be operational by the year 2026. While metro route 10 and 12 will relieve the commuters of the heavily populated MMR, route 11 will connect Wadala to the Grand Post Office (GPO) in South Mumbai.
The three corridors will spread in an overall length of approximately 50 kms, and will be developed by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).
The first, Gaimukh-Shivaji Chowk Metro line, is said to be 10 kms long and will have around five stations including Gaimukh, Versova Charphata and Shivaji Chowk. All of these stations will be elevated, will be built with an investment of over ₹4,000 crores and are expected to complete by 2022.
The second, Wadala-GPO (Grand Post Office) Metro line, will be 22 kilometers long, and will have around eighteen stations. The cost of building this corridor would be over ₹7,000 crores and would be around 13 kms long. The stations on this corridor will be a mix of elevated and underground and would Wadala RTO, Ganesh Nagar, Hay Bunder, Wadi Bunder, Clock Tower, Carnac Bunder and CSMT Metro, among others.
While the third, Kalyan-Taloja Metro line will be the longest still with over 20 kilometers and around 17 stations. The corridor will cost approximately ₹11,000 crores and would have stations, APMC Kalyan, Ganesh Nagar, Pisawali Gaon, Sonar Pada, Manpada, Kole Gaon, Nilje Gaon, Bale, Vaklan, Turbhe, Pisawe and Taloja, among others.