Mumbai : Mumbaikars may soon have a metro route providing ring route connectivity to the city, indicated Venkaiah Naidu, Urban Development Minster during the bhoomipujan of the metro line 3 on Tuesday.

Naidu along with Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan laid the foundation stone of the 33-km metro line from Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ at the Marol fire brigade. On the occasion, Naidu said the me-tro is the need of the hour for Mumbai and it needs to be extended not only up to Dah-isar but taken to Thane. The metro line 2 will be extended from Charkop to Dahisar which will be part of the 32-km of the Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd metro line.

The entire stretch will be a part of a single line of 40 km and would be constructed at a cost of Rs 30,000 crore. Officials from the MMRDA cleared that metro line 2 can be extended to connect it Thane-Kasarvadavli metro corridor. The assistant metropolitan commissioner, Sanjay Shetty said, “The 10 lines which have been proposed once completed will provide a ring connectivity to the city.”  The proposed metro line 2 which will be extended from Dahisar-Charkop-Mankhurd will be completely underground.

An official from the MMRDA said, “With the line being underground there will be very less land acquisition required. The only permanent land would be of 3 hectares for the entire project. There might be land required but it will be for temporary period only until the work in ongoing.”

The CM urged the Union Minister for participation from the Central Government for the pending projects which include the coas-tal sea roads. Chavan said, “MMRDA has executed several projects in the past whi-le there are lots of them pen-ding which will require coordination from the Centre. The help can be in the form of viability gap funding or as a partner in these projects.”

While Naidu assured help from the Central govt, he also indicated that the Pune metro line might soon get a clearance. Naidu said, “The Pune metro project is in a very advanced stage and once the clearance from PAB it will be sent to the cabinet and we are expecting a positive reply.”

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