As the ongoing work of the much awaited Metro-9 (Dahisar to Bhayandar) rail route gathers momentum, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is facing a major challenge in the form of difficulties in shifting of electrical utilities mainly the high tension overhead cables at some points on this metro corridor, which could slow down the pace of work.
An extension of Metro 7 (Andheri East to Dahisar East), the Metro-9 is an eleven km long elevated corridor with eight stations. However, the authorities are facing difficulties in shifting the overhead cables at Silver Park in Mira Road and Near the Fly over Bridge in Bhayandar (west). Notably a 320 KV circuit transmission line runs from the east and west side of Bhayandar to Gorai village. Since the overhead cables run on the middle of the road, they have to be shifted on either of the sides to pave the way for smooth metro work operations.
The authorities along with the service provider have chalked out a plan to erect seven monopoles in Bhayandar and four at Mira Road to shift the cables. However, the shifting has faced stiff resistance from residents staying in nearby buildings who fear that the high tension will create hurdles during redevelopment work of their buildings in future.
“Efforts were on to convince the residents and ensure that the work is not hindered. “said Deepak Khambit, an executive engineer attached to the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC). With a collective price tag of around Rs. 6,607 crore, the work on this corridor commenced in September last year and is expected to be completed in December-2024.
Replicating the Nagpur model, additional funds amounting more than Rs. 217 crore will be pumped to provide a double decker viaduct where three flyovers for automobiles will be built on the first level and the metro line will run on the second level running through the stretch of Kashimira road.