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Old December 15th, 2017, 01:26 AM   #17041
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Metro 2B line receives informal nod from AAI

Mumbai: The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA)’s Metro 2B line (DN Nagar-BKC-Mandale) is set to soon receive the crucial go ahead from the Airport Authority of India (AAI) to begin the civil construction work of the corridor. The clearance is essential as the stretch between Indira Nagar and Nanavati hospital is a funnel zone, a sensitive stretch essential for the safe landing and take off of an aircraft. In September, a team of experts had studied the complications faced by the authority in executing the project.

The solutions discussed by the experts, included altering the height of the elevated corridor, where it passes through the funnel zone of Juhu aerodome. Since it is a sensitive area, there are height restrictions in view of safety. According to reports, all the buildings around the area are at a height of 12.5m in height, due to AAI restrictions.

“The AAI had proposed its clearance to the union civil aviation ministry and they have cleared it, so they are likely to issue us a formal letter. So it has been informally cleared and the formal letter has to come,” said Mr U. P. S. Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA.

The civil construction for the line is expected to begin next year and eight bidders have been shortlisted by the MMRDA to execute the project as of now. Once the general consultants evaluate the bids and the executive committee gives the administrative nod, the contract will be awarded. The corridor will have 22 stations and will run through busy areas of western suburbs connecting to eastern suburbs.

http://www.asianage.com/metros/mumba...-from-aai.html
8 bidders???? I thought thw contract for this package was already informally 'awarded' to simplex ..the Lowest bidder

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Old December 15th, 2017, 06:10 AM   #17042
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8 bidders???? I thought thw contract for this package was already informally 'awarded' to simplex ..the Lowest bidder
That was for Phase 1 of Metro 2b . the Metro 2b is divided up in 2 phases

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The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) today said it has appointed Simplex Infrastructures to design and construct 12-km long viaduct and eleven elevated stations (first part) on the DN Nagar to Mankhurd Metro-2B Corridor.
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Old December 15th, 2017, 07:04 AM   #17043
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8 bidders???? I thought thw contract for this package was already informally 'awarded' to simplex ..the Lowest bidder
That's for Phase 1 from DN Nagar to BKC...the next 2 pkgs are being bid for right now (tendering docs will be opened on 3rd Jan 2018)...I think the construction of all 3 pkgs will then commence together...Line 4 bids are due to be opened coming Friday...hope tho see both lines begin construction by 04/18...
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Old December 15th, 2017, 07:27 AM   #17044
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That's for Phase 1 from DN Nagar to BKC...the next 2 pkgs are being bid for right now (tendering docs will be opened on 3rd Jan 2018)...I think the construction of all 3 pkgs will then commence together...Line 4 bids are due to be opened coming Friday...hope tho see both lines begin construction by 04/18...
yeah... and wasnt phase 1 the package that was in fact affected by the whole juhu funnel zone issue? the other two packages were in fact non controversial iirc
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Metro safety app out; peak ridership at 4 lakh

MUMBAI: The daily ridership on the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar (VAG) Metro crossed the 4 lakh mark on certain weekdays recently, said CEO Abhay Kumar Mishra after inaugurating the SecuCare mobile app for passenger security in trains on Thursday afternoon.

Speaking to TOI, Mishra said the daily ridership had increased by nearly 60% in the past three years.
The app launched by Mumbai Metro One has an emergency button to transmit live video feeds of any incident of crime or a distress situation on the Metro train.

The video is relayed to the control room, which alerts the station response team of armed guards within three to five minutes. The control room takes the help of 700 surveillance cameras installed across a dozen Metro stations on the 11.4 km stretch.

"It is an empowering tool which will ensure safety of every passenger in distress, specially women," Mishra said.

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Old December 15th, 2017, 08:21 AM   #17046
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Mumbai: The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA)’s Metro 2B line (DN Nagar-BKC-Mandale) is set to soon receive the crucial go ahead from the Airport Authority of India (AAI) to begin the civil construction work of the corridor. The clearance is essential as the stretch between Indira Nagar and Nanavati hospital is a funnel zone, a sensitive stretch essential for the safe landing and take off of an aircraft. In September, a team of experts had studied the complications faced by the authority in executing the project.

The solutions discussed by the experts, included altering the height of the elevated corridor, where it passes through the funnel zone of Juhu aerodome. Since it is a sensitive area, there are height restrictions in view of safety. According to reports, all the buildings around the area are at a height of 12.5m in height, due to AAI restrictions.

“The AAI had proposed its clearance to the union civil aviation ministry and they have cleared it, so they are likely to issue us a formal letter. So it has been informally cleared and the formal letter has to come,” said Mr U. P. S. Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA.

The civil construction for the line is expected to begin next year and eight bidders have been shortlisted by the MMRDA to execute the project as of now. Once the general consultants evaluate the bids and the executive committee gives the administrative nod, the contract will be awarded. The corridor will have 22 stations and will run through busy areas of western suburbs connecting to eastern suburbs.

http://www.asianage.com/metros/mumba...-from-aai.html
Have they really got approval or it is just jumla baazi

And doesnt altering height restriction on that front effect below going traffic ??

I would only believe once they declared officialy

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Old December 15th, 2017, 09:10 AM   #17047
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Old December 15th, 2017, 05:12 PM   #17048
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Have they really got approval or it is just jumla baazi

And doesnt altering height restriction on that front effect below going traffic ??

I would only believe once they declared officialy
It is verbal approval/informal approval yet. The official approval will take couple of weeks
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It is verbal approval/informal approval yet. The official approval will take couple of weeks
It is generally never about the real issue. A lot of is political. Some politician tries to use their influence over some agency to block issues. Once there is some backchannel convincing involved and they are satisfied, they get a green light. especially certain smaller political candidates, who dont have much influence otherwise, use these tactics.
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Old December 16th, 2017, 01:10 PM   #17050
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What is status of Dahisar station where line 2a and 7 will have common station.
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Old December 16th, 2017, 11:07 PM   #17051
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Metro-3 stations to showcase Mumbai’s rich culture, heritage

The Metro-3 (Colaba-Seepz-Bandra) line will not only give Mumbaiites a smooth commute, but a lesson in the city’s history and culture too, according to officials.

The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) — the authority implementing the city’s first fully underground Metro line — plans to highlight historic aspects of each of the 27 areas where the Metro stations will be built.

The line connecting South Mumbai to the western suburbs will pass through areas with historic relevance, such as Hutatma Chowk, areas known for their rich culture such as Dadar, Worli and Girgaum and religious places such as Sitladevi, the Siddhivinayak temple and Mahalakshmi.

Senior officials said the planning team is currently fine tuning the stations’ designs to bring in these aspects. The Kalbadevi, Mumbai Central and Churchgate stations will include aspects related to the city’s rich heritage, while stations at Dharavi and Worli will include aspects associated with the city’s first inhabitants — the fisherfolk.

Now known as Asia’s largest slum, Dharavi was once a fishing village, which attracted those in search of a livelihood.

“The Metro-3 corridor passes through a large part of the city. Different areas have different attributes, which our team will highlight as part of the stations’ designs,” said Ashwini Bhide, managing director, MMRCL.

Metro-3 is a 33.5-km-long corridor, 14% of which has been built. Officials said work on 25 stations is underway. By the end of December 2018, MMRCL aims to complete the work. Two weeks ago, tunnelling activity for the line began at Azad Maidan.

Work on the Metro-7 line will also be designed in a similar way. In November, the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA), executing the Dahisar East - Andheri East corridor, had announced a competition to design 14 elevated stations. Officials said the designs must bring out the iconic features of the areas which the stations will pass through. A senior MMRDA official said the authority is currently looking at the designs submitted.

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MMRDA to consider Civic body’s demand: Change in Metro 5 alignment on cards

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The Metro 5 corridor is likely to cater to more commuters in Bhiwandi with the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) considering a change in its alignment. The change was sought by the Bhiwandi-Nizampur City Municipal Corporation to ensure that the Metro passes through the more populated part of the city. “The municipal corporation wants the Metro to go through the congested areas of the city, as it will benefit more people. There are not many commuters along the current alignment,” said a senior MMRDA official.

It is the second time that the MMRDA is changing the alignment of Metro 5 in Bhiwandi. Earlier, they had to change it due to right of way (ROW) issues. “Initially, we were going through the city but there were a lot of issues because of ROW. So, in consultation with the Bhiwandi corporation, we prepared an alternative alignment. Now, again their general body has passed a resolution that they want the original alignment. We will go by their local requirement because, ultimately they are the users,” said U P S Madan, the Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA.

The 24.9-km Metro 5 corridor will connect the satellite cities of Thane, Bhiwandi and Kalyan. The corridor, along with Metro 6, received cabinet approval in October and the MMRDA proposes to invite bids for its construction soon. “Once we finalise the alignment with the corporation, we should be able to invite tenders,” Madan said.
Expect a delay of atleast 6 months to a year till tenders are out...The DPR will need changing, and cost estimates need to be revised, never mind the PAP R&R as well as LA headache!!!
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Water-tight project: MMRC allays flooding fears during monsoon, says Metro 3 will be safe

According to the Newspaper,Calling it a “water-tight project”, Ashwini Bhide, the Managing Director, MMRC, said: “Metro 3 corridor runs at least 25 m below the surface and is a water-tight project where seepage and or clogging of water is impossible.” In a recent letter by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) to the Guzdar Scheme Residents’ Trust in Khar explaining the reasons for constructing Metro 2B as an elevated corridor, it said: “It should be noted that in the case of heavy rains when the city’s roads get flooded, all at grade systems and underground systems get severely affected. During the heavy flooding in Mumbai a few days back, it was only the elevated Metro and monorail which continued functioning without any interruption. Underground metro, in such heavy floods, would be likely to get affected despite all necessary precautions”. However, S K Gupta, the Director (Projects), MMRC, explained that the underground Metro has been designed to ensure there is no flooding.

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Aarey forest in Mumbai, where there is a battle over land

The battle over Mumbai's green lung - the 1,300 hectare Aarey forest land in the city's northern suburb, Goregaon - continues. The Maharashtra government is adamant on providing a part of this ecologically sensitive zone for a Metro car shed, while environmentalists and citizens’ groups are fighting against the move as it is home to several species of birds, insects and leopards, and was once part of the adjoining Sanjay Gandhi National Park.

Why is the forest needed?

What once used to be over 3,000 acres of forest land in north Mumbai has been reduced to around 1,300 acres. It is one of the few green patches left in the city, and, according to ecologists and environmental groups, a lot of it has already been irreversibly encroached upon. The government says it will take only 3% of the land for the car shed.

The Aarey forest used to be part of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. In 1949, after a survey by dairy development experts, 3,160 acres were pencilled off for the Aarey Milk Colony, which comprised a milk factory, pastures for cattle grazing and residential units for labourers.

The land was handed over to Aarey Milk Colony, an autonomous body, and was declared a No-Development Zone. That changed in 2014, when the State government converted it into a Development Zone. Once agricultural land was converted into non-agricultural land, bits and pieces began to be eaten away.

Isn’t the Metro important?

Apart from the Metro III car shed, the Goregaon-Mulund Link Road, now in its planning phase, will eat into the forest area. There are also plans to make a 200-acre zoo on the land, which some environmentalists support, while others oppose.

The Save Aarey movement opposes the car shed construction as it will be declared a high security area and will rob enthusiasts of one of their favourite cycling or trekking venues, not to mention the consequences of the felling of over 2,000 trees. What is also worrying environmentalists like Anand Pendharkar is the issue of tribals who stay in Aarey and their rehabilitation.

Why a court battle?

The Save Aarey movement has, over the years, sought data from the State government about an expert committee report sanctioned by the Chief Minister’s office, which reportedly concluded that the Aarey forest is the fifth highest in terms of ecological importance in the city, and as to why that report is being disregarded.

On October 12, residents of Aarey Milk Colony moved the Bombay High Court alleging that the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited had illegally acquired the Aarey depot land to construct the car shed.

The proposal to develop the depot led to a public outcry across Mumbai. On August 11, 2015, in response to several protests - including one by the BJP’s ally Shiv Sena - a technical committee of six members, including two environmental experts, was constituted to look into the issue of the car shed’s environmental impact.

The committee recommended that the car depot could be relocated to Kanjurmarg in north-central Mumbai, with only a small stabilising unit at Aarey Depot.

On October 26, the National Green Tribunal admitted a petition filed by the NGO Vanshakti alleging illegal construction undertaken by the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) in Aarey Colony. The NGO complained about how the authorities have dumped debris and levelled the ground for the Metro shed while the matter is being heard at the NGT.

What’s in store?

The battle over the car shed is not over. Mumbaikars are in a dilemma - should the citizens give the go-ahead to a project that will potentially reduce pollution or should they fight for the little greenery that the city still possesses? It is not an easy question to answer.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/...le21822979.ece
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MMRDA to consider Civic body’s demand: Change in Metro 5 alignment on cards
“The municipal corporation wants the Metro to go through the congested areas of the city, as it will benefit more people. There are not many commuters along the current alignment,” said a senior MMRDA official

The Metro 5 corridor is likely to cater to more commuters in Bhiwandi with the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) considering a change in its alignment. The change was sought by the Bhiwandi-Nizampur City Municipal Corporation to ensure that the Metro passes through the more populated part of the city. “The municipal corporation wants the Metro to go through the congested areas of the city, as it will benefit more people. There are not many commuters along the current alignment,” said a senior MMRDA official.

It is the second time that the MMRDA is changing the alignment of Metro 5 in Bhiwandi. Earlier, they had to change it due to right of way (ROW) issues. “Initially, we were going through the city but there were a lot of issues because of ROW. So, in consultation with the Bhiwandi corporation, we prepared an alternative alignment. Now, again their general body has passed a resolution that they want the original alignment. We will go by their local requirement because, ultimately they are the users,” said U P S Madan, the Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA.

The 24.9-km Metro 5 corridor will connect the satellite cities of Thane, Bhiwandi and Kalyan. The corridor, along with Metro 6, received cabinet approval in October and the MMRDA proposes to invite bids for its construction soon. “Once we finalise the alignment with the corporation, we should be able to invite tenders,” Madan said.

http://indianexpress.com/article/cit...cards-4984866/
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Dedicated Metro between Mumbai airports to run at thrice the normal speed


The plan is to provide direct high-speed rail connectivity between the existing Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Santacruz to the proposed Navi Mumbai International airport.

India’s first dedicated Metro corridor between two international airports — the 40-km Airport Metro proposed in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region — will have the trains running at thrice the speed of a normal suburban Metro service. Mumbai Metropolitan Commissioner U P S Madan told The Indian Express that the plan was to run services providing a maximum operating speed of up to 90 km per hour along the Airport Metro corridor. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), which is responsible for building most of the Metro rail line in the region, has planned to run rail services at an average operating speed of 30 kmph for other suburban Metro rail routes.

The plan is to provide direct high-speed rail connectivity between the existing Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Santacruz to the proposed Navi Mumbai International airport. While the detailed project report (DPR) of the high-speed corridor is still in the final stages of preparation, Madan said the plan was to build a Metro link, which would be partially underground.

Starting at the Santacruz airport, the corridor will run underground for the first 8-km route before coming out near Mankhurd along the Ghatkopar Mankhurd Link Road. “A fully elevated corridor is not feasible since it would overlap with the function of Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro rail line,” said a senior official.

While a portion on the remainder of the Metro corridor would be an elevated route, the feasibility of integrating the corridor with the CST-Panvel high-speed railway corridor is also being examined, said officials. The whole idea is to bring down the peak-hour travel time between the two airports from 120 minutes to 40 minutes. “It is ideal to plan a high-speed direct connectivity between the two airports for better and faster connectivity to travellers,” said Madan.

The Airport Metro corridor would also have lesser stations. While the MMRDA has been planning one station for every kilometre along other suburban Metro rail lines, the distance between two stations would be much more for Airport Metro. “Since this is meant to be a dedicated route between two airports, it would have lesser stops,” said an MMRDA official.

Officials, however, said the financing model for the new line was yet to be worked out. While the work for the preparation of the DPR is still in the final stages, senior officials projected that the Airport Metro would cost at least Rs 18,000 crore. With the cash-strapped Maharashtra government ruling out direct capital investment in Metro rail projects for now, the MMRDA is banking on the City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Ltd. (CIDCO) to share the project cost. The government, meanwhile, is expected to extend a subsidiary loan for the project besides meeting the additional land requirement as its share in the project.

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Families affected by Metro projects will be shifted this week: MMRC
MMRC to hand out cheques for 11 months’ rent and shifting charges to PAFs

AFTER MONTHS of wait, families being displaced by Mumbai Metro projects — or Project Affected Families (PAFs) — from Girgaum and Kalbadevi will be shifted out of their homes this week. The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) will hand over keys of alternative accommodation to the families in the coming week. “We will begin the shifting process in the coming week. The first key for their transit accommodation in Pimpalwadi tenements will be handed out. The actual process was initiated in November by giving them the agreements,” said Maya Patole, chief (Land and R&R), MMRC.

The process of shifting will begin with the Vitthaldas building in Girgaum, Alim Bhavan and Flower Mansion in Kalbadevi. The residents will receive their cheques soon, and will have to vacate the homes one month from the day of receipt of the cheque, officials said. The cheque includes the amount for 11 months’ rent, shifting charges and an additional one month’s rent as agency charges or brokerage.

Of the 634 families that have to shift out of their homes in Girgaum and Kalbadevi, for the construction of the underground Metro 3 corridor connecting Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ, only 19 PAFs have signed the agreement so far. However, the MMRC proposes to complete the documentation process for all the families by the end of December and vacate all the 19 buildings by the end of February.

Of these families, only 72 have opted to shift into the nearby Pimpalwadi tenements offered by the MMRC. “The remaining 562 families will find suitable accommodation for themselves and we will pay their rent during the time of transit,” added Patole.

According to the MMRC’s proposal to the PAFs, Rs 20,000 will be offered as rent for existing carpet area of upto 200 square feet. The rent increases proportionally, with up to Rs 80,000 being offered for carpet area of 900 to 1,000 square feet. Similarly, for commercial spaces, the proposed rent is between Rs 20,000 to Rs 75,000, and for shops between Rs 25,000 to Rs 91,000.

After several rounds of discussions and negotiations between the PAFs and the MMRC, residents asked to move in April 2017. However, as 15 of the 19 buildings are ‘cess buildings’, the occupants had to first be certified by the Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA) to ascertain their claims. “The process of MHADA certification has been going on for the last three months now. The survey is complete and now the certification is also almost complete,” Patole added.

For the residents, the move has brought an end to a period of uncertainty and waiting. “We are glad that finally some action is happening. We were told back in April to start finding alternative accommodation, but after we zeroed-in on a house, we did not get the agreement and we had to let it go. Since then, there has been a sense of anxiety as we do not know when we will have to move,” said a resident of Vitthaldas building.

The residents had earlier written a letter to the MMRC seeking a 10 per cent hike in the rent on account of an increase in rental rates in the area. “You are requested to increase the same by 10 per cent as the rent in the Girgaum area has increased enormously and it is very difficult to get the same in the said amount of compensation. It is anticipated that it will still take some time to vacate the current accommodation in possession of the PAPs which will further increase the amount of rent in the area,” read the letter, written on October 25.

“There are very few vacant homes in this area as it is already saturated. The few homes that are available have now increased their rent as the MMRC’s proposal has suddenly increased the demand here,” a resident said. However, as per their earlier agreement, the rent will be increased by 10 per cent in the coming April. “There was some misunderstanding among the residents and we have cleared it now. They are eligible to a 10 per cent increase in April and they will receive it,” clarified Patole. While residents of Vitthaldas building have received their agreement, they have written to the MMRC seeking some changes in the document. In a letter dated December 14, they have asked for a “copy of NOC or consent letter from owners (landlords) to be kindly attached with the agreement”.

They have also asked for an “indemnity bond indemnifying against any future legal action by property owners or any other entity”. Among other changes, they have also sought an increase in yearly rent increment to 25 per cent if the construction of the permanent alternate accommodation goes beyond the said 46 months. According to the MMRC, none of the affected families sought an alternate commercial space. However, they will be providing temporary space to the fish market in Cheera Bazaar in a municipal school called Bangla Shala in Girgaum.

“Since it is an important amenity in the area, and they will not be able to find a space on their own, we are providing them this space. We are making certain alterations in the vacant school building to make it fit for the fish market. It should be complete by mid January,” Patole added.

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Dedicated Metro between Mumbai airports to run at thrice the normal speed


http://indianexpress.com/article/cit...speed-4987374/
Wow!!! Just recently, these very newspapers ran articles, based on statements by DMRC that this will be a regular metro line, serving intermediate residential areas...hence people will not be allowed carry luggage (like Line 3 & 7)...

And now this...

I also hope that they don't wait till Rail Bhavan decides to make up its mind on the CSMT-PNVL Rapid Rail project, and start work asap...GVK, apart from CIDCO should be made to pitch in...hoping that the NMIA ingress/egress point is also u/g...
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Old December 18th, 2017, 05:17 AM   #17060
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Wow!!! Just recently, these very newspapers ran articles, based on statements by DMRC that this will be a regular metro line, serving intermediate residential areas...hence people will not be allowed carry luggage (like Line 3 & 7)...

And now this...

I also hope that they don't wait till Rail Bhavan decides to make up its mind on the CSMT-PNVL Rapid Rail project, and start work asap...GVK, apart from CIDCO should be made to pitch in...hoping that the NMIA ingress/egress point is also u/g...
given that this line probably is not going to get approved for some 2-3 decades, i think we have plenty of time to plan it properly and get it right.if elevated, this will pass through the same mangroved area through the heart of the flamingo habitat all the way to the middle of nowhere... All for an airport that still is supposed to be completed by 2019... but as we all know wouldnt be ready for another 5-6 years.
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