Congress party in Mumbai have stepped up their attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Maharashtra government alleging that they are destroying the city in the name of constructing metro lines.
Sanjay Nirupam said that initially the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had claimed in April 2016, that the construction of metro line 2A connecting Dahisar to Bandra via Mankhurd will be finished by December 2019. However, just within six months, they flipped the completion date to 2022. He further mocked the ruling government by saying that of the 17 stations to be constructed on line 2A, not a single station was visible so far.
METRO LINE 6
He also targeted the metro line 6 that will connect Jogeshwari to Vikhroli. Considering the daily hassle faced by Mumbaikars of commuting with roads dug up and roads barricaded, Nirupam suggested that all the metro lines which are not being constructed like metro line 6 must be scrapped immediately. He termed this route as a roller coaster since the terrain had innumerable undulations as well as several sharp bends and curves. The environmental clearances for this line are unlikely to come as the two stations that adjoin the iconic Powai lake poses a great environmental threat.
METRO LINE 7
This line will be connecting Dahisar East to Andheri East. Nirupam said this route was a sheer waste of Rs. 6,000 crore since it is just five minutes away from the existing suburban Western Railways.
Nirupam also said,
“Why are public consultations not held for elevated metro lines in suburbs but are held for every station location in the city for metro 3? Why is cost always a constraint for all metros in the suburbs even though suburbs generate over 70 per cent property tax revenue as opposed to metro 3 which has no cost constraint?
Since metro 3 is underground, waterfronts of Marine Drive, Haji Ali and Worli Sea face will not be affected. However, the iconic Powai lake in the suburbs is imposed by two monstrous metro stations.”
Joining hands with activists from the suburbs, the Congress on Monday demanded a rethink on some of the Metro route alignments and designs. Concluding the same, Nirupam said:
“We are saying that the government should initiate a dialogue with residents and experts for a relook at the plans. None of the five Metro routes where construction is being undertaken is anywhere near completion.”
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