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Metro-5 and 6 projects get a green light after a cabinet meeting

Metro-5 and 6 projects get a green light after a cabinet meeting

The state cabinet approved the two elevated corridor projects that will enable seamless east-west connectivity. Both the approved metro corridors, designed for operating 6-coach trains, link major industrial and commercial hubs along their routes, the release said. Thane district guardian minister and Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde, who had been pressing for the Thane-Kalyan- Bhiwandi metro 5 link, thanked Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for approving the project.

Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan, Swami Samarth Nagar-Vikhroli routes to cost Rs 15,000 crore. The Metro-5 project is expected to cost ₹8,416 crore. "In the last three years, we have approved almost double the number of Metro projects which the previous government did not in the last 10 years", said state finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar.

Metro-6 will run through Swami Samarth Nagar (Andheri-west)-Jogeshwari-Vikhroli and Metro-5 will connect the metropolitan region of Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan. The civil works on DN Nagar Metro-2B and Wadala-Thane Metro-4 corridor are also expected to start by next year.

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The stations en route would be Swami Samarth Nagar, Adarsh Nagar, Momin Nagar, JVLR, Shyam Nagar, Mahakali Caves, SEEPZ Village, Saki Vihar Road, Ram Baug, Powai Lake, IIT-B Powai, Kanjurmarg West and Vikhroli EEH. The auto de pot for the project has been planned at Kanjurmarg. The 24-km Metro V corridor (Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan) will link neighbouring cities to Mumbai and have 17 stations.The project cost has been pegged at around Rs 8,240 crore and is expected to be completed by 2021.

The 18.6 Km Metro 2-A route is between Dahisar East to D N Nagar in Andheri East. Around 2.3 lakh daily commuters are expected to benefit from this corridor, which will be connected to two other proposed routes-Metro IV (Wadala-Thane-Kasarwadavli) and Metro XI (Taloja-Kalyan). By linking this corridor with Metro 6 corridor the entire corridor length becomes 33 Km and will be implemented by the Delhi Metro Corporation as Deposit Work.

Out of the total Rs 6,716 crore project cost of Metro 6 corridor, MMRDAs share is Rs 3,195 crore, state governments share is Rs 1,820 crore and rest Rs 1,700 crore will be loan component.

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