MMRDA’s Plan to Connect Metro Stations with Nearby Complexes Takes Off With 2 Approvals

Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), which is constructing Metro projects, has begun to receive offers from private parties for foot over bridges between stations and their properties for exclusive access to their patrons, residents and employees.

So far, MMRDA has received four offers from various developers. Two of the proposals that have received its approval are for Metro-VII line along the Western Express Highway from Andheri to Dahisar. It is also open to more proposals.

The authority has approved proposals to build a 514-metre (m) foot overbridge (FoB) from the upcoming station at Poisar on the Metro-7 corridor to Sarova properties. It has also approved the proposal for construction of a 1,300-m bridge connecting the upcoming Aarey station to Oberoi Mall, officials said.

BG Pawar, joint metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA, said, “The work will commence once we approve the detailed engineering design.”

Officials also said that the cost of building the connectors will be borne by the developers.

As both the routes pass along many commercial complexes, MMRDA said that it is expecting a better response from developers after the lockdown.

“Owing to the pandemic, we haven’t received a good response from developers. But we are hoping that they will approach us in the future, as direct connectivity to a Metro station will also increase the property value of a complex,” an official from MMRDA said.

The authority is looking to open Metro-2A (Dahisar-DN Nagar) and Metro-7 (Dahisar E-Andheri E) lines by May 2021.

This year in July, MMRDA had approved a policy to enable direct access between Metro stations and the complexes nearby. Direct access is a worldwide concept that will ease the problem of first and last-mile connectivity to the metro stations.

The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC), which is executing the 33.5km fully underground Metro-3 (Colaba-Bandra-Seepz) corridor, has also been in talks with commercial and residential complexes along the route to enable direct access to its underground stations.

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