Nagpur: BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Friday said that talks of setting up the Mumbai Metro 3 car shed at Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) are “ridiculous and childish” as it will increase the project cost multiple times.
Speaking to media here at Nagpur Airport, Fadnavis said any such move will increase the annual maintenance cost by five folds and also make the Metro venture non-feasible and non-starter.
It must be mentioned here that the Bombay High Court on Wednesday stayed the order passed by the Mumbai suburban district collector allotting 102 acres of salt pan land in suburban Kanjurmarg for the construction of an integrated metro car shed.
The erstwhile BJP government had chosen Aarey Colony, a green belt in Mumbai, for the car shed, part of Mumbai Metro 3 line.
However, the Shiv Sena-led MVA government shifted the depot site to Kanjurmarg.
Following the HC order, there were reports in a section of the media about the state government exploring some other potential sites for the car shed, including the BKC.
Reacting to this, Fadnavis said the BKC is a prized land and dubbed the government’s move as ridiculous and childish.
He further pointed out that the last land sold at BKC was at the rate of Rs 1,800 crore per hectare and if 25-hectare land is procured at BKC (for the car shed) it would cost Rs 25,000 crore to Rs 30,000 crore.
He said the proposed bullet train station at BKC would be a three-level underground structure and take only 500 meters of land.
Besides, it is designed in such a way that financial buildings can be constructed above it without any loss, the former chief minister said.
But, if we talk about constructing the Metro car shed below the ground, then its cost will go up from Rs 500 crore (envisaged under BJP government) to more than Rs 5,000 crore, the leader of opposition (LoP) in Assembly said adding that its annual maintenance cost would increase five-folds and make the Metro project non-feasible and a non-starter.