Thane Metro Rail project to provide city with its own internal metro

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The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) has scrapped its proposal to develop a light rail transit system in the city and decided to build a conventional Thane metro rail system. The TMC approved a new proposal in mid-September 2021, during its general body meeting.

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Although the Line-4 of Mumbai Metro’s 32.32-km-long elevated corridor covers 32 stations from Kasarvadavali near Thane in north MMR to Wadala in south, the TMC will also develop an internal metro network to connect various parts of the city.

The TMC had earlier proposed an internal metro to connect various parts of Thane to Mumbai Metro Line-4 but later decided to build a light rail transit on the suggestion of the central government. The suggestion was made, keeping in view the cost-effectiveness of the Thane Metro project.

According to the TMC, a conventional metro system would be more suitable for Thane than a light rail transit, considering its burgeoning population. Further, it would not be possible to connect a light rail transport system with a conventional metro line.

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Thane Metro stations

The earlier Detailed Project Report (DPR) had provisions for 22 metro stations covering 29 kms of distance. The internal Thane Metro is expected to connect to the Wadala-Kasarvadavli Metro at two places – at the proposed New Thane station and Dongripada. It will also connect Mumbai Metro Line-5 (Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan) at Majiwada junction.

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Thane Metro ridership

According to estimates made by the TMC in 2019, the Thane Metro has a projected ridership of 5.76 lakh passengers every day while peak-hour ridership of the Thane Metro is pegged at over 23,000.

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Thane Metro project cost

According to the earlier plan, the Thane Metro, to be built at an estimated cost of Rs 10,000 crores, would see the centre and the Maharashtra government together meeting nearly 33% of the project cost while the remaining money would be arranged by the TMC through low-rate loans.

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Thane Metro ticket charges

Ridership on the Thane Metro is likely to cost passengers between Rs 17 and Rs 104. The minimum fare will be Rs 17 for up to 2 kms and the maximum fare will be Rs 104 for more than 31 kms.

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Thane Metro completion timeline

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Once the Thane Metro gets a final approval from the centre, it would take about five years to become fully operational. According to the DPR submitted to the Maharashtra government in 2019, the Thane Metro was expected to start operations by 2025.

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Thane Metro impact on real estate

In the wake of the work-from-home scenario following the COVID-19 pandemic, property owners and tenants living in India’s densely populated areas of Mumbai near business hubs, have started looking for bigger and better properties. This has led to tremendous rise in real estate demand in the past one-and-a-half years in Thane, a strategically located area in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).

As the area offers flexibility to home buyers to have bigger and better homes at locations that will soon be seamlessly connected with Mumbai through the Metro Line-4, Thane real estate has benefited from the emergence of the work-from-home culture.

With the upcoming Thane Metro, the demand for properties in Thane could increase due to the better connectivity, resulting in appreciation in property rates in Thane.

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Does Thane have metro?

The Thane Municipal Corporation has proposed to build an internal metro rail line for the city.

Which Metro operates in Thane?

The Mumbai Metro lines that will touch Thane include the Metro Line – 5 (Thane Bhiwandi Kalyan) and Mumbai Metro Line 4 (Wadala – Kasarvadavali)

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Debora Berti

Università degli Studi di Firenze, IT

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