Nearly 300km of metro network lines will be made operational in phases in the coming 1.5- 2 years and the state will start work on line 3 soon, chief minister Eknath Shinde said in Thane.
Shinde was addressing a crowd of visitors to a cultural festival in Thane organised by party colleague and MLA Pratap Sarnaik over the weekend.
“We are working towards mitigating the road traffic-related issues in the Mumbai metropolitan Region (MMR) and following the inauguration of two metro lines last week by prime minister Narendra Modi, we are working towards completing work on nearly 300km of metro network here which would be made operational in the next two years. The work on line 3 will also start soon,” said Shinde.
The chief minister said he was confident that nearly 60 lakh private cars would go off the Mumbai roads as motorists would get a comfortable option to travel by switching over to the vast metro network that will not just save their time and fuel but also help reduce pollution levels.
The tunnel road connecting Borivali and Thane is yet another project that will help boost connectivity, he said. “We are already working towards improving the commute for Mumbai and Thane motorists. In addition to the Rs 7,000 crore road concretising work in Mumbai, the local corporation and MMRDA have been asked to mitigate congestion at vital crossroads which will be useful for Mumbai commuters travelling outside the metropolitan region who presently get affected by the congestion on Thane streets,” he said.
On a lighter note, Shinde also disclosed how Sarnaik had managed to get approvals for all the developmental projects collectively worth over RS 900 crore in his constituency during their Guwahati trip. “I simply signed on the dotted lines at that time. Even though the money will be made available over the next few years in phases, it is probably the highest that has been sanctioned for any MLA in the state at one go,” Shinde said.