MMRC to Construct Proposed Underground Metro Line 11 from Wadala to CSMT

The MMRDA had been negotiating with the Mumbai Port Trust for the transfer of land that would accommodate the underground metro, with plans to build the metro and monetise the land above it to finance other development activities.

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MUMBAI (Metro Rail News): Sources have indicated that the MMRC might be tasked with constructing the proposed underground Metro Line 11 from Wadala to CSMT (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus). 

It was earlier thought that the MMRDA would be in charge of the Metro Line 11 project. Nevertheless, officials have declared that the state government has moved the assignment from the MMRDA to the MMRC as the latter is already engaged in constructing the underground Mumbai Metro Line 3, running from Colaba to SEEPZ via Andheri.

Due to the considerable worth of the land, the MMRDA had planned for Line 11 to be partially underground and partially elevated. However, the MBPT still needed to provide the final authorization for their land to be used for the construction of Line 11, leading to the creation of the DPR. According to an official, no development on the ground has taken place thus far.

The MMRDA had been negotiating with the Mumbai Port Trust to transfer land that would accommodate the underground metro, with plans to build the metro and monetize the land above it to finance other development activities. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was discussed for this purpose.

An official highlighted that the MMRDA could soon transfer the project to the MMRC, given that they may now be responsible for carrying out additional developments related to Metro Line 11.

It is noteworthy that the MMRC constructed the city’s first underground line, Metro Line 3, and the tunnelling work began in September 2017, with the entire project taking five years to complete. At this point, the construction of stations, installation of systems, and other tasks such as track laying is being worked on. The MMRC aims to inaugurate Phase 1 (BKC to SEEPZ) of the metro line by December 2021.

The MMRDA presented a plan to construct the 12.70 km-long Metro Line 11 (Wadala to CSMT) for Rs 8,739 crore in the DPR, which the Maharashtra government approved in 2019 with an expected completion date of October 2026.

 Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) agreed to fund Rs 2,022 crore of the project cost. Metro Line 11 is an expansion of the already underway Metro Line 4 (Wadala-Ghatkopar-Kasarvadavali), a 32.32 km-long fully elevated Metro Line 4 corridor with 32 stations, but unfortunately behind schedule. The work on Metro Line 4 started in October 2018.

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