The much-talked Metro 5 (Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan) and Metro 9 (Dahisar-Mira Bhayander) will finally see some light as the Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself will lay the foundation stone for both the projects.
According to Hindustan Times, the Prime Minister along with Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis will lay the foundation stone on December 18. The event will be held in Kalyan, during which the housing scheme for 60,000 affordable homes under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) by the City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (Cidco) will also be launched. The Prime Minister will also go to Pune on the same day to launch Metro corridors in the city.
Both the Metro 5 and 9 will give a much-needed boost to connectivity in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). The 24-km-long Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan Metro-5 corridor will be completely elevated and have 17 stations. The project is expected to be completed within 41 months (by 2021) and the frequency of metro trains on the route will be one train every five minutes. The total length of the metro 9 corridor which will connect Dahisar (east) to Mira-Bhayander and Andheri (east) to Airport would be at least 13. 5 km. This corridor will also be connected to metro 7 corridor (Dahisar east to Andheri east) at Dahisar metro station. It will further help in offering connectivity to Mumbai International Airport and metro 3 corridor (Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ).