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Modi lays foundation stone for three metro lines in Mumbai

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Mumbai, September 7, 2019

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated and laid the foundation stone for various Mumbai Metro projects, in line with the vision of Mumbai in Minutes.
The projects will provide a boost to the metro infrastructure of the city and will contribute to a safer, faster and better commute for every Mumbaikar, the Prime Minister said.
Appreciating the spirit of Mumbaikars, he  said the Ganesh Utsav started by Lokmanya Tilak has become popular in India and abroad, too.
Speaking on the undying resolve of ISRO and its team of scientists, Modi said, “There are three types of people who strive to attain goals--those who do not even start due to fear of failure, those who start but run away on facing challenges and those who strive continuously despite big challenges. ISRO and those associated with it belong to the third category. They do not stop or get tired or pause before the mission is attained.
"Though we have faced a challenge in Mission Chandrayaan 2, ISRO’s scientists will not stop until the goal is realized. The goal of conquering the moon will definitely be achieved. It is a historic achievement that the Orbiter has been placed successfully in the lunar orbit,” he added.
He said projects worth 20,000 crore rupees have been initiated in Mumbai today, while 1.5 lakh crore rupees have already been invested in Mumbai Metro.
The new metro lines, Metro Bhavan and  facilities at metro stations will give a new dimension to Mumbai and make life easier for Mumbaikars.
“The connection between Bandra and the expressway will make life easier for professionals. With these projects, Mumbai can be reached in minutes,” he added.
He also complimented the state government for the changes being brought about in the field of infrastructure.
"As India proceeds towards the goal of becoming a 5 trillion dollar economy, our cities too should become cities of the 21st century.
"In line with this goal, the Government is spending 100 lakh crore rupees in the next five years on building modern infrastructure, which will benefit Mumbai and many other cities," he said.
He highlighted the importance of future-ready infrastructure and noted that connectivity, productivity, sustainability and safety need to be considered while developing the cities.
To make transport easier, the Government is striving to build integrated transport systems. A vision document has been released to provide better infrastructure for Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
The document explains how to make best use of various modes of transport, such as Mumbai local, bus system. A master plan for Mumbai metro has been made.
Informing citizens about the expansion plan for Mumbai Metro, he said, “From 11 km today, the metro network of the city will increase to 325 km by 2023-’24.
"The capacity of the metro will become as much as that of the volume of people carried by Mumbai locals today. The coaches which run on the metro lines will also be manufactured in India,” he added.
He said 10,000 engineers and 40,000 skilled and unskilled workers will get job opportunities due to the metro projects. Citing the examples of Navi Mumbai airport, Mumbai Trans Harbour terminal and bullet train project, Modi said the scale and speed with which projects are being executed today is unprecedented.
Reflecting on the fast expansion of the metro system in India, he said the metro was present in only a few cities until recently, while today a metro is present or is being launched in the near future in 27 cities.
“Around 675 km of metro lines are operational today, out of which about 400 km became functional in the last five years. Work is in progress on 850 km, while approval has been given for work on 600 km of metro lines,” he added.
Modi said efforts were being made to develop India’s infrastructure in a holistic way, in order to fast-track development.
Historic decisions have been taken by the government in the first 100 days. Citing Jal Jeevan Mission, Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidh iYojana, abolition of triple talaq and Act for child safety, he said the government has taken decisive and transformative steps.
Speaking of the importance of being aware of one’s responsibilities, Modi said Surajya is the duty of every Indian.
Pollution of water bodies during immersion of Bappa(Ganesh idol) should be avoided as  a lot of plastic and waste goes into sea during the festival.
He also exhorted people to make the Mithi River and other water bodies plastic-free, thereby setting an example to the rest of India, in the shared quest to make India free of plastic.
He laid the foundation stone for three metro lines, which will together add more than 42 km to the metro network of the city.
The three corridors are 9.2 km long Gaimukh to ShivajiChowk (Mira Road) Metro-10 corridor, 12.7 km long Wadala to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus Metro-11 corridor and 20.7 km long Kalyan to Taloja Metro-12 corridor.
The Prime Minister also laid foundation stone for a state-of-the-art Metro Bhavan. The 32-storey centre will operate and control 14 metro lines measuring around 340 km.
The Prime Minister inaugurated Bandongri Metro Station, Kandivali East. He also inaugurated a state-of-the-art metro coach, the first metro coach under Make in India.
The Prime Minister released a Brand Vision Document for Maha Mumbai Metro.
Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshiyari, Chief Minister  Devendra Fadnavis, Minister for Railways and Commerce & Industry Piyush Goyal and Union Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment Ramdas Athawale were also present on the occasion.
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