‘Mumbai metro to meet deadline’

With the civil work on the first line of the Mumbai metro rail project having begun this week, officials are optimistic that the approximately 12-km-long rail line will meet the planned deadline of 2009.

The corridor is being built between the eastern suburb of Gahtkopar to western suburb of Versova at a cost of approximately Rs 2,000 crore by the Mumbai Metro One consortium led by Anil Ambani’s Reliance Energy.

The civil work being undertaken by Simplex Infrastructure began on Friday in suburban Andheri.

However, Mumbai Metro One officials said that the issue of acquiring a 30-acre plot of land in suburban Versova for the project had not yet been resolved.

The plot is meant to be used for storage of rolling stock and cars for the metro project.

Additionally, the acquisition of a plot in suburban Ghatkopar is still to be finalised, the officials said.

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