The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has floated a tender for the proposed ropeway project of the corridor-I between Mahavir Nagar Metro Station on Metro Line-2A (Dahisar to DN Nagar) to Pagoda in Gorai village on the basis of design, finance, build, operate, and transfer (DFBOT). The authority has programmed a pre-bid meeting of interested firms on February 25 to review the project and assess their suggestions in detail.
As per the MMRDA, the length of this ropeway corridor is around 7.2 km and will have eight stations. It is aimed at providing direct connectivity to villagers living in Gorai and Marve with the Metro Line-2A. Presently, the citizens here have to cross the creek through a ferry boat regularly to take public transport facilities. The implementation of ropeway service will give an alternative aerial transport mode as last-mile connectivity.
The metro line-2A is supposed to begin construction work by 2020. So far, around 77.62 per cent of the metro civil work is over.
The State directed in July 2019 the MMRDA to start work on the ropeway project. The erstwhile BJP govt led by former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had asked the Indian Port Rail and Ropeway Corporation Limited (IPRCL) to draft a detailed project report.
Reportedly, in the submitted work plan, the IPRCL had cited the efficacy of New York, Columbia and Turkey ropeways, operating successfully and on the same lines, Mumbai also can introduce the ropeway it said.