Construction of nearly 50% of piers for the 18.6 km-long Metro 2A elevated corridor between DN Nagar and Dahisar via Link Road has been completed, an MMRDA official said. The project is on schedule and is expected to be completed by 2020, said Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) Managing Director, Ashwini Bhide, on Tuesday.
The 33.5 km third line is expected to cost upwards of ₹20,000 crore, connecting Colaba in South Mumbai with Bandra and SEEPZ area in suburban Mumbai.
Out of the 1430 girders to be laid, 513 have been cast (36%) and 363 erected (25%). MMRDA has invited bids for rolling stock (trains) after approval of the loan from Asian Development Bank and New Development Bank.
The line will have 27 stations out of which 26 will be underground and one would be on the ground. Since almost all the sections of the line are underground, about 40,000 concrete rings will be required for reinforcing the roof of the tunnel.
The MMRDA has set a target of 2019 for the project, but a delay in rolling stock procurement due to negotiations over the loan and some issues with civil works lead to the corridor being commissioned in 2020.
Kasturi Park in Malad will be the first station on the elevated corridor to be ready.