Metro VII work begins today, may hit WEH traffic
Work on Rs 6,200crore Metro VII corridor from Andheri (E) to Dahisar (E) will begin from Monday with the barricading of three stretches by August 20. The work could cause traffic jams on the already congested Western Express Highway during evening peak hours.
The project, expected to be completed by 2019, will ensure seamless commute for 70,000 passengers per hour in one direction along the Western Express Highway.
The travel time on the route in eight-coach trains will be less than 30 minutes, which is one-third the time taken by road on the stretch during peak hours, sources said.
“We want to ensure that the work is carried out smoothly and Mumbaikars face minimum traffic woes,“ a senior MMRDA official told TOI on Sunday. “The barricading will be from Hub Mall to the beginning of Aarey flyover in the package awarded to Simplex Infrastructure Ltd; from Pathanwadi to Pushpa Park by J Kumar Infraprojects Ltd and from Metro Mall to Devipada by NCC Ltd.“
It will take 10 to 12 days, after which utility wrenching will begin around August 20.“We request people to co-operate with us to complete this megaproject in time. It will relieve traffic congestion on the Western Express Highway as nearly 70,000 passengers are expected to travel in one direction in an hour, which is equivalent to more than 50 lanes of vehicular traffic,“ said Pravin Darade, secretary to the chief minister’s office and additional metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA.“The corridor will also save time, energy , fuel and improve environment,“ he stated.
The contractors are likely to complete construction of the corridor and all 16 stations within 30 months from the day of commencement of work, sources said.
amar ujala newspaper 08/08/2016 : http://epaper.amarujala.com/