Mumbai Dug Up: Pedestrians, shopkeepers bear brunt as Metro work inches along at Dharavi T-junction
Dug up for Mumbai Metro Line-3 station work, the Dharavi T-junction is much narrower now. The ongoing work and barricades erected for the same have made the stretch unsafe for pedestrians and shopkeepers have been complaining that reduced visibility has had a detrimental effect on their businesses.
Location: The Dharavi T-junction connects the western and central parts of Mumbai. Motorists can travel from Bandra (East) to reach the T-junction using the Sion-Bandra link road and pass Dharavi on either side of the junction to reach Sion in central Mumbai. Due to the ongoing Metro work, the single lane has been reduced on both sides of the Mahim-Sion link road for vehicular traffic and due to lack of proper pavement, many pedestrians end up walking on the road.
Project details: Mumbai Metro line-3 (MML-3), also known as Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Line, is a 33.5-km long underground Metro corridor that has 27 key stations out of which 26 will be underground.
Dug up for: Metro line-3 station work
Implementing agency: Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL), a joint venture of the government of India and the government of Maharashtra.
Importance of project: MML-3 would be running along the Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ corridor connecting Mumbai’s key financial hubs. Once implemented, it would reduce traffic by about 35% or by 4.5 lakh vehicles, leading to decongestion of roads and the travel time will be reduced to 50 minutes from 100 minutes on the route.
Total initial cost of the project: Rs 23,000 crore
Revised cost: Rs 33,000 crore+
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