The Maharashtra authorities’s resolution to relocate the Aarey Metro automotive shed to Kanjurmarg in Mumbai is “unwise” and can adversely have an effect on the Metro-Three venture and town’s public transport, say city planners and transport consultants.
The choice to shift the automotive shed from Aarey Colony, Mumbai’s inexperienced lung, will delay the venture and enhance its capital expenditure and operational value, they are saying.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday introduced the scrapping of the Aarey Metro automotive shed. He stated the venture will now be shifted to authorities land in Kanjurmarg and no value might be incurred for the aim.
Consultants, nonetheless, say it’s not the correct time to shift the automotive shed to Kanjurmarg when the Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro-Three venture, that began in 2013, is close to completion.
Mumbai-based transport skilled Paresh Rawal termed it as an “unwise” resolution.
“Alternate methods of mitigating the environmental impression ought to have been thought-about somewhat than alternate websites,” Rawal instructed PTI, including that it’s a “massive blow” to town’s public transportation.
He additionally stated it can delay the Metro-Three venture and enhance its capital expenditure and operational value.
The transfer to relocate the automotive shed from Aarey got here amid studies that the state authorities was contemplating if two of the upcoming Metro traces might share upkeep facility.
It had appointed Delhi Metro Rail Company to organize a feasibility examine on Metro Three (Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ) sharing its automotive shed with Line 6 (Vikhroli-Lokhandwala).
Rawal stated the choice of merger of the Metro-Three hall with Metro-6 will cut back the road capability of each, whereas constructing a parallel hall until Kanjurmarg will enhance the venture value.
City planner Sulakshana Mahajan stated the Metro automotive shed ought to have been constructed on the present website in Aarey Colony as already some huge cash has been spent on the work and an entire DPR (detailed venture report) is prepared for the positioning.
“Because the new proposed automotive shed website in Kanjurmarg is near the shoreline and marshy land, it could require surroundings clearances, which might additional delay the venture,” she stated.
Mahajan additionally stated the state authorities ought to reveal particulars of the Kanjurmarg automotive shed land in a clear method because it was underneath litigation within the Bombay Excessive Court docket.
Architect Nitin Killawala, nonetheless, welcomed the choice of relocating the Metro-Three automotive shed to Kanjurmarg, saying it can save 20 hectares of Aarey land.
He additionally advised that the Metro-Three line be additional diverted past SEEPZ to Kanjurmarg by way of Saki Vihar, Chandivali and Powai.
“Infrastructure tasks just like the Metro traces are deliberate for subsequent 100 years, therefore in such mega tasks a delay of afew years will not make a lot distinction,” he stated.