Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Metro VII may extend to domestic airport

Mumbai: The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is likely to extend Metro VII (Dahisar-Andheri via Western Express Highway) till the domestic airport to ensure better ridership. Work on the project, which will cover 16.47km, is on in full swing and it is expected to decongest roads besides reducing overcrowding in Western Railway suburban trains.
Metropolitan commissioner U P S Madan said, "We will have to extend the corridor by 3km near Chhatrapati Shivaji airport (domestic) station, to be built as part of the Metro III corridor."
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is carrying out a feasibility study of the extension route after which a final call will be taken. Madan said, "The line will pass below the existing WEH station of Metro I (Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar) and move underground before terminating at the domestic airport." The extension is expected to cost between Rs 1,500 and 2,000 crore. Madan futher said that the extended route could see two or three stations.
22/03/17 Manthank Mehta/Times of India