Thane is witnessing the first-ever metro rail project in the city with Thane Metro 4 corridor between Wadala- Kasarvadavali. The primary stages of soil testing by the contractors have begun, barricades have been put up to conduct soil-testing.
The contractors have begun barricading small patches for soil testing from this week. While we began soil testing in Mumbai much earlier, we received permission for testing from Thane Police just a week ago, so, the work in Thane was delayed, said a senior official from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).
“We have so far only given permission for soil testing. We have asked the contractors to provide the barricades, traffic wardens, signages and other equipment to ensure the smooth flow of the traffic. This will not cause much traffic jams as it will consume little space on the road. It will be troublesome when the actual construction work of the Metro 4 begins.” said Amit Kale, Deputy Commissioner (Traffic), Thane.
The barricades will be put up on the service roads of the Eastern Express Highway for the soil testing where the pillars are to be formed and will be moved to another spot once the work is completed.
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The metro 4 corridor project was approved by the cabinet on 27 September 2016. The fully elevated metro project will cover stretches of around 32.32 km consisting of 32 stations. The expenditure cost estimated for the Metro 4 project is around 14,549 crores. The companies appointed for the project are TATA Project Limited and China Harbour Engineering Co and a joint venture of Reliance Infrastructure Ltd and ASTALDI. The metro car depot will be developed in Ovala, Thane and another one in Vikhroli.
Later on, The Thane Metro 4 project will be connected with an extended corridor till GPO, South Mumbai and by Metro 5 which will connect Thane, Bhiwandi, and Kalyan. The Metro 4 project is expected to be completed by 2022.