MUMBAI (Metro Rail News): Maharashtra’s Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, last Friday announced that the Mumbai Metro’s 33.5 km Line-3 (Aqua Line) will be extended southward from Cuffe Parade to Navy Nagar in Colaba.
A state government source told Times of India that the Indian Navy through the Ministry of Defence requested for this 2.5 km extension.
“The ministry of defence had requested the state government to operate Metro-3 services from Navy Nagar. The proposal was referred to the executing agency, Mumbai Metro Corporation Ltd (MMRCL), whose board has given approval for the extension. The final terminal station in south Mumbai at Navy Nagar will come up near the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Centre (TIFR)”, he said.
The detailed project report will be prepared after an agency is appointed. Thereafter, tenders will be floated for construction of 5km (2.5km each, in the up and down directions) extension and the station. We may have to spend around Rs 2,500-Rs 3,000 crore on the extension”, he added.
Cuffe Parade Station is under construction by L&T – STEC JV and comes with 190 meter NATM-built stabling lines at the extreme southern-end of its 405 meter station box. The distance from Cuffe Parade Station to Tata Institute of Fundamental Research Centre (TIFR) actually comes out to be roughly 1.6 km.