Mumbai Metro|Prime Minister Modi lays foundation stones for two Metro corridors

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Mumbai: The Honourable Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, today laid foundation stones for the Grand Memorial of Bharat Ratna Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and two Metro corridors – one running from Dahisar to DN Nagar and the other from Dahisar (East) to Andheri (East). “It was an honour for me to lay the foundation stone for the Grand Memorial of Dr. Ambedkar on the birth anniversary of Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Narayan, especially because Dr. Ambedkar was the architect of the Indian Constitution and Lok Nayak was the one who fought for its existence during emergency”, said an emotional Mr. Narendra Modi.

“I am also very elated to lay the foundation stone for the two Metro corridors as it was Dr. Ambedkar who, while analyzing Indian Railways had observed that the rail based transport can bring about social integration. Metro network is necessary for growing urban areas. While many may look at urban growth as a problem, I look at it as an opportunity”, said Mr. Modi further.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has been appointed as a special planning authority for the Grand Memorial of Bharat Ratna Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar on 12 acres of Indu Mill Land which will include various facilities such as Assembly Hall, Auditorium, Museum, Library, Landscape Gardens, Public Square, Souvenir Shops, Eateries, Administrative Offices, Staff Quarters, Parking Area etc.

The MMRDA will also implement two Metro corridor projects – Dahisar to D.N.Nagar and Dahisar (East) to Andheri (East). The 18.5-km Dahisar to D.N.Nagar elevated Metro corridor will have 17 stations and its estimated cost is Rs. 4,994/- and the 16.5-km Dahisar (East) to Andheri (East) elevated Metro corridor which will have 16 stations will cost Rs. 4,737/-.

Dahisar to D.N.Nagar Metro Corridor
• The 18.5-km long Metro corridor will have 17 stations
• System designed for 8-coach trains
• Expected Daily Ridership – 4.07 Lakhs in 2021
• The estimated cost of the project – Rs. 4,994 crore

Stations on the route – Dahisar (E), Dahisar (W), Rushi Sankul, I.C.Colony, LIC Colony, Don Bosco, Kastur Park, Ekata Nagar, Kandivali Nagar, Charkop, Malad Metro, Kasturi Park, Bangur Nagar, Oshiwara Metro, Samarth Nagar, Shashi Nagar, DN Nagar.

Dahisar (East) to Andheri (East) Metro corridor
• The 16.5-km long Metro corridor will have 16 stations
• System designed for 8-coach trains
• Expected Daily Ridership – 5.29 Lakhs in 2021
• The estimated cost of the project – Rs. 4,737 crore

Stations on the route – Dahisar (E), Shrinath Nagar, Borivali Omkareshwar, Borivali Bus Depot, Thakur Complex, Mahindra & Mahindra, Bandongri, Kurar Village, Veet Bhatti Junction, Aarey Road Junction, V. Nagar, Hub Mall, Bombay Exhibition, JVLR Junction, Shankarwadi, Andheri (E).

Present at the ceremony were Mr. Ch. Vidyasagar Rao, Hon. Governor of Maharashtra; Mr. Devendra Fadnavis, Hon. Chief Minister of Maharashtra; Mr. Nitin Gadkari, Hon. Union Minister for Road Transport and Highway; Mr. Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Hon. Union Minister of State for Textiles (Independent Charge) and Parliamentary Affairs; Mr. Vijay Sampla, Hon. Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment; Mr. Vinod Tawde, Hon. Guardian Minister, Mumbai Suburban District; Mr. Rajkumar Badole, Hon. Minister for Social Justice and Special Assistance and Member of Rajyasabha Mr. Ramdas Athavale. Also present were various Cabinet and State ministers, MPs, Members of Rajyasabha, MLAs, MLCs and Chief Secretary of Government of Maharashtra.

Mr. U.P.S. Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, thanked the dignitaries and the attendees.

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