Maharashtra cabinet approved the major Metro Rail projects aimed at easing commuting in Mumbai. The proposed Metro routes are Wadala to CST, Gaymukh to Shivaji chowk at Mira road while Kalyan to Taloja in extended suburbs.
The 12 km of Wadala to CST metro project will be undertaken by the MMRDA. The total estimated cost of this project is Rs 8,739 crore where 4 km of Wadala Sewri route will be elevated while remaining eight km of Sewri to CST metro route will be underground.
There will be 10 metro stations on this route. The government is expected to complete this proposed project by 2026. The state government, MMRDA will jointly complete this project and required fund will be raised through the international banks. This route will connect the
Mumbai Port Trust Land area to the mainland of Mumbai. Once this proposed metro CST to Wadala, Thane and Mira Road routes get completed, 11.60 lakh commuters will daily use this route while by 2013, the commuters numbers will go up to 16.90 lakh commuters.
Maharashtra cabinet also approved the 20 km of Kalyan-Taloja Metro line. There will be 17 stations on this proposed route. The estimated cost of this route is Rs 5,865 crore. This project is likely to be completed by 2024. The state government, MMRDA, MIDC and CIDCO will be the part of this route project. This route will be beneficial to Navi Mumbai International Airport and the growing populations of Kalyan and Dombivili area.
Additionally, the nine km of Gaymukh to Shivaji chowk metro at Mira road has been also approved. The 8.529 km metro route will be elevated while the remaining route will be underground. The estimated cost of this metro route is Rs 4476 crore and expected by 2022.