Mumbai: MMRDA begins soil testing for Metro 4 corridor construction

Mumbai: The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) began construction on the metro corridor connecting Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavali on Monday with soil testing work at the area near Bhakti Park at Wadala and planning for traffic diversion along the route. This Metro 4 corridor will be constructed simultaneously in five packages after contractors were appointed in March this year.

“The soil testing is being done in order to check the condition of the soil before the piles are erected for construction of the corridor,” said an MMRDA official. After this step, authorities will begin identification of utilities beneath the soil. “Electricity and gas lines run underground, which need to be identified through manual excavation to avoid any major accidents during construction work,” added the official.

The barricading work along the 32-km long metro corridor will begin once the soil testing is complete. “Barricading will begin from Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg (LBS) Marg in Thane and it will end at Gaimukh near Thane. In order to avoid traffic woes along the route of metro construction, we have also coordinated with traffic police to make the necessary traffic diversions,” said the official.

The deputy commissioner of transport, (Enforcement), Rajendra Madne said, “We have planned to tow vehicles which are parked illegally on LBS Marg to ensure that there are no disruptions during the construction of the corridor. In addition, there will at least 280 traffic wardens who will be deployed along the construction route to guide commuters during the metro corridor work.”

Traffic on the LBS Marg is likely to be diverted to Eastern Express Highway (EEH) or Kurla road during the work. “It would be better if commuters use public transport while travelling on EEH so that the concerned traffic department is able to manage traffic woes if any along the route,” said another transport official.

At A Glance

• Metro line 4 corridor is at least 32-kilometre-long and will have 32 stations.

• Two consortiums — Reliance Infrastructure  Limited and ASTALDI, Tata Project Limited and  China Harbour Engineering Company are the contractors for the project.

• The corridor is set to provide inter-connectivity  among the existing Eastern Express Roadway, Central Railway, monorail, Metro Line 2B (DN Nagar to Mandale Depot), and the proposed Metro Line 5 (Thane to Kalyan), Metro Line 6 (Swami Samarth Nagar to Vikhroli and Metro Line 8 (Wadala to General Post Office).

• It will also provide rail access to the commercial,  government bodies and geographical landmarks in Mumbai.

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