Work has begun in full swing for the metro corridor connecting Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavali. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has started soil testing work near Bhakti Park at Wadala. The metro officials are also planning traffic diversion running along the metro corridor route. The Mumbai Metro 4 corridor work is a huge project and will be constructed concurrently in five packages. Contractors for the project have already been appointed in March by the authorities.
As per the MMRDA officials soil testing is conducted to estimate the condition of the soil before the construction work begins. This process is initiated before the piles are erected for the construction of the corridor. Once this process is done, the next step will be to identify utilities underneath the soil.
The official added that gas lines and electricity lines run underground and these will have be identified via manual excavation. This is done to avoid any mishap during the metro construction work.
Once the soil testing work in completed, barricading work will start along the 32-km long corridor earmarked for metro work. As per the MMRDA officials barricading work will start from Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg (LBS) Marg in Thane and it will end at Gaimukh near Thane. In order to steer clear of traffic congestion along the route of metro construction, the metro officials have coordinated with traffic police to make way for traffic diversions.
Rajendra Madne, the deputy commissioner of transport, (Enforcement), has stated that vehicles parked illegally will be towed on LBS Marg. This is to make sure there is no obstruction to the construction work going for setting up metro lines. To assist commuters, 280 traffic wardens will be stationed on the route to help them navigate through the area.
As per the arrangements traffic on the LBS Marg is expected to be diverted to Eastern Express Highway (EEH) or Kurla road throughout the construction work. Officials will urge commuters to use public transport if they are travelling on EEH. This will help in easing the traffic woes.
Metro 4 Corridor work at a glance
- Mumbai Metro line 4 corridor around 32-kilometre-long and comprises of 32 stations.
- Two consortiums — Reliance Infrastructure Limited and ASTALDI, Tata Project Limited and China Harbour Engineering Company are the contractors for the project.
- The metro corridor is set to offer inter-connectivity among the existing Eastern Express Roadway, Central Railway, monorail, Metro Line 2B (DN Nagar to Mandale Depot), and the proposed Metro Line 5 (Thane to Kalyan), Metro Line 6 (Swami Samarth Nagar to Vikhroli and Metro Line 8 (Wadala to General Post Office).
- It will also offer access to rail network to the commercial, government bodies and geographical landmarks in Mumbai.