Mumbai: The state authorities have managed to bypass Juhu and even superstar Amitabh Bachchan’s bungalow Pratiksha while charting the route of Metro II. And, permission from the ministry of civil aviation is likely to come in for having an elevated Metro on SV Road next to Juhu Aerodrome.
As per the meeting held on Friday between Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) officials on the second phase of the larger Dahisar-Charkop-DN Nagar-Bandra-Mankhurd Metro line, the corridor will not pass through NS Road Number 10, ie the road where the Bachchans once lived.
“Draft of the Detailed Project Report was discussed on Friday with the DMRC for Metro 2-B (DN Nagar to Bandra). As per the discussions, the elevated Metro will be made on Gulmohar Road instead of NS Road Number 10,” said UPS Madan, metropolitan commissioner.
The Metro line will start at the existing DN Nagar Metro station and head straight to JVPD Junction only to take left for Gulmohar Road. This means that the Juhu residents who have been opposing the elevated Metro line in favour of an underground one have been bypassed.
Once it reaches Mithibai College or NM College, the earlier alignment will continue — snaking through SV Road up to Bandra. This second phase of the second Metro will be around 9km in length and is expected to be ready in three years from the date of commencement of construction.
“Aviation officials too have been consulted by the DMRC for issues pertaining to the elevated Metro line infringing on the air funnel at Vile Parle-Santa Cruz; the issue has been resolved,” added Madan.
The earlier version of the elevated Metro had several impediments, including non-availability of clearance from the ministry of environment and forests for car depot at Charkop and Mankhurd, partial clearance from the ministry of civil aviation as the alignment was infringing on the air funnel at Santa Cruz, impractical height of the Kurla Metro station, rehabilitation and resettlement issues at various locations, and land for the JVPD Metro station under litigation. The state government announced an underground version for the same, but in 2015, it went back to an elevated system.