Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray some weeks ago had appointed a high level committee to look at possible alternative sites for building a car shed on the 33.5 km long Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Mumbai metro line. The earlier proposed location at Aarey milk colony had been contested by environmentalists and some other Bollywood personalities.
According to reports, the committee has now come back to the government saying that shifting the car shed site from Aarey would not be viable. The committee, according to reports in The Indian Express, has cited issues such as increased costs, logistical issues and delays in the completion of the said metro line's construction to bolster its view.
Two alternate locations had been considered by the committee, according to the report. One was a marsh at Kanjurmarg where the Line 6 (Jogeshwari-Kanjurmag) car shed was being built. The second site that was looked at was a State Reserve Police camp just outside Aarey at Jogeshwari. However, both were found to be not feasible.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray's son Aditya Thackeray had aggressively batted against the Aarey car shed and remained opposed to the building the car shed there despite Bombay High Court allowing the felling of trees.
Every day of delay in the commissioning of lines in the Mumbai Metro project leads to a cost over-run of Rs 4.2 crores, the Indian Express cites Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) officials as saying.
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