A huge man-force has been quietly digging a tunnel of about 100 feet underground for the Metro-3 corridor.
Till now, 220 meters of the 33.5 km-long corridor, connecting Colaba to SEEPZ has been dug up with the help of boring machines. The metro would make halts at 27 stations, out of which 26 will be underground.
The corridor is expected to pass around 2,000 buildings and would be more of a game-changer for the city’s transportation system, and would aid in reducing pollution.
The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) has framed a detailed plan for digging underneath.
The state-owned agency announced that around 1,500 project-affected families have been moved and 7,600, labors including skilled and unskilled are on the job.
Regarding the safety, MMRC Managing Director Ashwini Bhide said that the best internationally tried and tested technologies are being used so there is no doubt in terms of safety.
The MD further added that over 20 types of monitoring tools are used to ensure the longevity and safety of the buildings, which come in the way. Even the vibrations caused during the piling work are being monitored by instruments.
MMRC has hired the best design consultants who are skilled at extending their professional expertise to the contractors.
Ms Bhide said that metro services will help combat pollution and constitute the greenest mass rapid transit system.
Japan’s International Co-operation Agency (JICA) is offering a loan assistance of Rs. 13,235 crore, which comes to 57.2% of the total cost. The remaining funds would be given by the State and the Union governments.
The MMRC is formed as a joint venture between the Centre and the Maharashtra government. By 2021, MMRC says, the entire stretch would be operational.
CM Devendra Fadnavis said that by the end of 2022, over 90 lakh people would travel in the Metro trains.