It will be a multi-level transportation facility with the Metro 9 line on the upper deck and an elevated flyover corridor on the lower deck above the existing Mira-Bhayandar Highway road.
If all goes according to plan, the twin city will get a double-decker road-metro rail overview on the section of the Kashimira road by 2022. Replicating the Nagpur model, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) will inject an additional 217 crore to provide a two-story viaduct, where elevated roads for vehicles will be built on the first level and the metro line will run on the second level of the much-anticipated Metro 9 (from Dahisar Check Naka to Bhayandar’s Subhash Chandra Bose Ground).
Nine months after the laying of the digital foundation stone, the soil tests and the actual construction of Metro-9 began at the time of assembly elections, last year. However, commuters were the most affected as work on this line progressed at a snail’s pace. A delegation of municipal and MMRDA officials as well as Sena’s MLA, Pratap Sarnaik, conducted a site inspection last week to draw up an elaborate roadmap for the improved project and speed up work in progress.
With a collective price of around Rs. 5,524 crores, the bridges had been cleared for two new metro lines in Mumbai, including Metro-9, which aims to provide connectivity between Dahisar-Mira Road-Bhayandar on a corridor elevated by 10.41 km long with nine stations.
“The density of traffic increases with each passing day. The multi-level metro model with elevated roads will help reduce congestion over the next 50 years, “said Sarnaik.
Currently, people are largely dependent on busy local trains, as the region still lacks an efficient public transportation service, which forces people to rely on auto-rickshaws and metered taxis for their transportation.