The Metro rail has brought immense joy to commuters on Central and Western lines. Commuters in Thane too are likely to have the Metro experience in the near future as 30.8km-long metro link, from Wadala to Teen Hath Naka, has been approved. There will be 31 stations on this route. The link will have 10 underground stations; rest would be on elevated space.
The decision on Wadala-Ghatkopar-Teen Hath Naka metro link was taken on June 25 at a meeting of civic authorities, MLA and MMRDA (Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority) at Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) office.
MLA Pratap Sarnaik, who has been campaigning for the metro, said: "Rs. 22,000 crore has been allotted for it. As Thane corporation doesn't have the money, central and state governments will finance it. TMC will help by making land available."
The survey for implementing the project may start soon.
The project has been cleared by MMRDA, and is awaiting Cabinet nod.
MMRDA spokesperson Dilip Katwatkar, who was present at the meeting, said: "We are working on the route. We will try to start the project soon."
Sarnaik and Jeetendra Awhad have given a deadline of six months for the project to start. If that doesn't happen they would organize a protest march to MMRDA office, they said.