Monday, 31 October 2011

Linking the East with the West of Mumbai

Travelling from West to East of Mumbai by Metro rail seemed like a good idea considering the comfort it would afford and the time one would save and when it was announced some 3 years ago, the residents of Versova were only too happy with this proposition. Maybe they were not aware of the discomfort it would bring them during the construction of such project that would include dust, traffic and the relocation of the present facilities.

My friend lives closer to this construction site and I give her the credit for living in so much noise pollution, There are times when it is impossible to hold conversations/discussions, even though her windows and doors are shut at all time of the day. There is no fresh air, no sun and dust sweeps in through every small aperture.

I went to visit her this week-end after the gap of nearly six months and was very surprised to see the changes. The last station, Versova ends near her home covering the footpath and the street below her house and extended towards her building, almost kissing her window. She has already said goodbye to fresh air and sun forever and hopes that re-development of the building might bring relief.

Its November 2011 already and construction is still just steel and concrete……

Various components of the project are in progress simultaneously - including construction of stations, depots, track work, overhead electrification and signaling.

And there are more promises to complete by August 2012

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