Mumbai/Navi Mumbai, India (Metro Rail Today): The City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO) has started preparation of detailed project report (DPR) for long-awaited 35-km metro rail link between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) to Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA). This line will be known as Line 8 of Mumbai Metro Rail Project.
Apart from this, CIDCO has started preparation of detailed project report (DPR) extension of Navi Mumbai Metro Line 1 from Belapur to Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA).
"CIDCO has taken an initiative and commenced DPR for remaining portion of line 8 (Mankhurd to NMIA) and extending NMM line 1 from Belapur to NMIA. Both these metro lines will establish seamless connectivity to NMIA, with terminal within the airport, providing easy access and boost economic development," said CIDCO officials.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has already completed detailed project report (DPR) of Mumbai portion of Metro Line 8 connecting Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) to Mankhurd with 11.1 kilometre distance. The DPR has been prepared with the help of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd.
"MMRDA has earmaked a Metro Rail Link between the 2 airports (metro line 8) MMRDA has completed DPR for CSMIA-Mankhurd portion (11.1km) through DMRC," the CIDCO officials added.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) will take care of it in the Mumbai Region while City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO) will execute the work in the Navi Mumbai area.
Presently, there is no super fast public transportation system between these two international airports. The Mumbai Metro Line 8, which has proposed between CSMIA and the upcoming Navi Mumbai Airport, has been a part of Mumbai Metropolitan Master Plan since 2014.
Earlier, MMRDA had asked CIDCO to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) for the Metro 8 line between Mankhurd and Sagar-Sangam on Navi Mumbai Metro 1 line and from Belapur to Navi Mumbai International Airport.
The 35km-long route is expected to cost Rs 15,000 crore and have a daily ridership of 9 lakh passengers. Commercial operations at the Navi Mumbai Airport are expected to begin from 2025. We may put in place the execution plan for the Metro 8 corridor now so that the line is ready when the airport traffic picks up.
The Mumbai Metro Line 8 will be partially underground and partially elevated. The line is expected to be underground between Andheri and Eastern Express Highway at Ghatkopar from where it will take the elevated route via Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Road till Mankhurd.
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