The long anticipated and ambitious Navi Mumbai metro project worth Rs 4,000 crore will begin its operation by December 2018. As per the officials of City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), the development on the project was happening according to pre-set plan and fresh timeline is deemed to be met.
They are now confident to meet their new goal and progressing and finishing it on schedule, as they have received all the permits and retained the cooperation of agencies.
The 21.45 km Navi Mumbai metro corridor has been segregated into 3 different phases, i.e., Belapur Pendhar (11.10 km), Khandeshwar Taloja (8.35 km) and the the MIDC route. The MIDC route will link the two corridors (2.2 km). It will offer good connectivity to the upcoming Navi Mumbai International Airport.
Mohan Ninawe, the Senior Public Relations Officer of CIDCO stated, that “The Cidco initiated the project, meant to boost the city’s transport facilities, in 2011. The Belapur-to-Pendhar line is the first of three we are working on.” The development work has been divided in 4 parts – stations, systems, viaduct and depot. Ninawe further added that 95% of the work on viaduct has been already completed.
He said, “Work on the Taloja depot has been completed and the diesel locomotive engine that arrived has been kept there.”94% of the metro project has been completed in more than Rs120 crore.