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Work on Navi Mumbai Metro project begins

After getting the green signal for the construction of the Navi Mumbai airport, the satellite town?s muchtouted Metro project began on Sunday. Unlike the Mumbai Metro project, wherein a private firm owns a major stake, the first 11.1-km rail route connecting Belapur and Pendhar via Kharghar will be fully owned by a public body .

Mumbai Metro Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan laid the foundation stone for the Rs 1,984-crore project. ??This will be the first Metro in India to be built and owned by a public body?the City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco),?? Chavan said. He requested Cidco to complete the project by December 2013, instead of the June 2014 deadline .
Principal secretary (urban development ) T C Benjamin said, ??The Navi Mumbai Metro is a self-sustained model. Sixty-five hectares will be used for commercial purposes in order to meet the expenses of the project.?? Cidco has spent around Rs 700 crore to build the stations and lay the viaduct. The trains, tracks and signal system will be ordered from another company at a cost of around Rs 1,300 crore.
Cidco managing director Tanaji Satre said that work on the next phase will begin soon. It plans to tie up with the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) for the next phase.
The trains, which will run at a maximum speed of 80 km per hour, will initially have three coaches with a capacity of 200 passengers.
The number of coaches will later be increased to six, depending on the commuter response. .

Source: May 2, 2011, TNN