Mumbai Metro-5 to be completed in four years: MMRDA
Mumbai Metro-5 (Orange Line 5) on the Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan route, a major line that is expected to ease commute in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), is likely to be completed by December 2024, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has announced.
The 24.90 km elevated corridor will offer much needed connectivity in areas heavily dependent on the suburban railway. It will also provide interconnectivity with Metro-4 on the Kasarwadavali-Thane-Wadala route and Metro-12 between Taloja and Kalyan.
Out of the 24 km line, a 12.7-km stretch between Kapurbawadi and Bhiwandi connects Kapurbawadi, Balkum Naka, Kalher, Kasheli, Purna, Dhamankar Naka, Anjur Phata, and Bhiwandi. The first pier cap of this stretch near Balkum in Thane was erected last week, MMRDA said.
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The state authority has also sought clearance from the Central government for the diversion of 1,971.71 sq m of forest land in Balkum as well as of 377.86 sq m area in Kasheli, Bhiwandi, for constructing around 24 piers for the project.
MMRDA is looking to implement 337 km of metro lines in MMR by 2026. The first two lines—Metro-2A (Dahisar-DN Nagar) and Metro-7 (Dahisar E-Andheri E)—are expected to be operational by May this year.
Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray inaugurated the first rolling stock for Metro-2A and Charkop depot today/ The Charkop depot will be utilised as a common depot for both the lines.