MUMBAI (Metro Rail News): The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had previously planned to revive the Metro corridor between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai on the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) which is under construction between Sewri and Navi Mumbai but now it seems impossible.
In January 2022, MMRDA had announced their plans to appoint a consultant who can study whether the sea bridge can take the load of a Metro corridor. The consultant submitted the draft report last month according to which the 22 km bridge cannot bear the load of the Metro. After the report, the MMRDA said the bridge will not be ruled out and that they will study if they can make it work by increasing the load capacity. MTHL will connect Sewri with Nhava Sheva which is expected to be complete by 2023 and 65 per cent of work for it has already been completed.
SVR Srinivas, the metropolitan commissioner of MMRDA, said, “The draft report pointed out that the bridge might not be capable of tackling the load of the Metro.
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However, we are exploring solutions like increasing the load capacity. We have not ruled out the project yet.”
MMRDA had prepared a detailed project report (DPR) in 2010 for the Mumbai Trans Harbour Metro Rail Link which is a 49 km corridor between Prabhadevi and Dushmi. The project’s aim was to encourage mass transport and cater to future travel demands while facilitating the decongestion of traffic but as MTHL was to be constructed under Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model, the firms who were interested, were not desirous on the Metro corridor because they thought that the citizens would prefer the Metro over using the MTHL and paying a toll. Later, the MMRDA decided to construct MTHL by taking a loan, but the Metro plan remained off the radar till last year.