Looks like Chief Minister Ashok Chavan is facing the ire of all the major projects undertaken by the Vilasrao Deshmukh government. After skywalks, even the metro line project is facing public opposition. Residents of Juhu and Linking Road, Bandra, along with MP Priya Dutt, met chief minister Ashok Chavan to demand that MMRDA re-examine the proposed elevated 8-km Metro Rail line that will run between Juhu and Linking Road. This is the second instance when citizens are rallying against the Metro Rail line that will run between Juhu and Linking Road. Last month MMRDA received 8,000 objections and suggestions from residents about the proposed elevated line between Charkop and Mankhurd. After listening to the citizens’ grievances, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan ordered a parallel study of the 8-km stretch and all the structures that will be affected by it. The citizens had gone with the intention of demanding an underground line instead of an elevated one. The estimated cost of the 32-km Charkop-Mankhurd elevated line is Rs. 6,192 Crore — roughly Rs200 crore per km. But if the eight-km Bandra-Andheri stretch goes underground, the cost will increase by around Rs. 3,000 Crore. The underground line costs Rs. 600 crore per km. Bureau report – NMTV News.
- December 12, 2008