New Delhi: The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) are likely to float bids for the construction of two new Metro rail corridors planned for the city’s western suburbs in the coming week. The fully-elevated Metro lines will connect Dahisar East and Andheri East, and Dahisar to DN Nagar in Andheri West.
“The tender documents are ready and will be floated by next week. We will invite bids for the Dahisar East-Andheri East Metro, while the DMRC will call for tenders for the Dahisar-DN Nagar Metro,” said UPS Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner at the MMRDA.
The MMRDA entered into an agreement with the DMRC for the implementation of the Dahisar-DN Nagar Metro in New Delhi on Friday. The DMRC will also work as an interim consultant for the Dahisar East-Andheri East Metro project until such time that a general consultant is appointed.
The total cost of the Dahisar East-Andheri East Metro is estimated at Rs 6,208 crore, while that of the Dahisar-DN Nagar Metro is estimated at Rs 6,410 crore, including the cost of land acquisition and taxes.
Both projects would be constructed on a cash contract model and the state government hopes to complete them by 2019 as part of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’ plans of rolling out a 100-km plus Metro rail network in Mumbai within five years. The Dahisar East-Andheri East Metro would be 16.5 km in length, while the other corridor till DN Nagar would be 18 km long.
“We are in talks with Airport Authority of India to acquire a plot of land belonging to them in Dahisar as the car depot for the Dahisar East-Andheri East Metro. For the other line, we are trying to get possession of a plot in Malvani, Malad, that the government has allotted for a car depot,” said an MMRDA official who did not wish to be named.
The Dahisar-DN Nagar line will have 17 stations and will pass through Kandivali, Charkop, Bangur Nagar and Oshiwara to ultimately connect the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro at DN Nagar.
The Dahisar East-Andheri East Metro will have 16 stations connecting Borivali, locations in Kandivali East, Goregaon’s Aarey junction, Bombay Exhibition Centre, the Jogeshwari Vikhroli Link Road junction and will terminate at Andheri East.