Metro Line 3 for Mumbai, but what about line 1 and 2

As Maharashtra government launches the third phase of Mumbai Metro, there’s much that’s left unanswered. In 2004 it was said that 62 kms of metro line would be laid out in 10 years, but just 11.7 kms have seen the light of day. Who’s going to answer for this gross negligence.

Mumbai metroMumbai Metro Master Plan by MMRDA floated in 2004, was reworked in 2012 with about 160 kms of metro line in MMR region. It sounds good on paper but does nothing for a commuter who’s likely to spend 3-5 hours commuting each day. Metro 2 line is a non-starter till date. Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd metro line was launched in August 2009.

Mumbai metroIn truth they are meaningless statements, with matters complicated through realignment, restart, re-budgeting, clearances and other drawbacks. While authorities blame each other, the project remains in files.

Mumbai metroGovernment of Maharashtra is now launching metro 3. Does Mumbai Metro remain a pre-election promise for the current government? Mega projects announced without proper planning and effort result in no delivery. the saga has continued through 2004, and 2009 before the Maharashtra Elections.

#MumbaiMetroMess, a citizens’ movement looks forward to development steps by the government while seeking explanation for little or no work done in the last 10 years in regards to Metro Projects. To begin with, what happened with implementing plans projected for Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd Line made in 2009 August.

#MumbaiMetroMess initiative has seen over 2,00,000 citizens get on Twitter with 2,50,000 tweets. Gopal Jhaveri, a volunteer spoke of commuters across Metro Line 1 and Metro Line 2 having been taken for a tide these past 10 years. Authorities, bureaucrats and relevant ministers/ ministries need to reply on the status of metro line 2 and offer an assurance that metro line 3 doesn’t remain a non-starter. A silent protest march is being held today during launch of Metro Line 3.

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