Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) along with the Maharashtra State Forest Department on November 27, 2020, initiated compensatory mangroves plantation drive at Koparkhairane, Navi Mumbai. MMRC will plant 8,888 mangroves to compensate for about 108 mangroves cut for the construction of BKC and Dharavi Metro Stations.
“We are committed to protect and preserve the environment at every possible step as we go ahead with the project”, said Mr. Ranjit Singh Deol, MD, MMRC. “Compensatory plantation is one sure way of safeguarding the environment. We adhere to our green policy while executing a public transportation project as vital as Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro-3 Corridor”, concluded Mr. Deol.
“The Mangroves Cell of the Maharashtra State Forest Department will plant the 8,888 mangroves in 2 Hectares of land at Koparkhairane, Navi Mumbai. The two species of the mangroves being planted are Rhizophora Mucronata and Ceriops Tagal”, said Mr. R. Ramana, Executive Director (Planning), MMRC.
Present at the occasion were Mr. D. R. Patil, Divisional Forest Officer, Maharashtra State Forest Department and other senior officers of MMRC.
Mumbaikars’ underground travel on the Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Metro-3 corridor is further smoothened as the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) has begun trial production of High Vibration Attenuation Booted Twin Sleeper Blocks to lay tracks with the help of Swiss machinery installed by M/s. Sonneville from Switzerland.
- The Sleeper Blocks are being cast with the help of state-of-the-art technology at a facility set up at Wadala. One more machine is expected soon.
- This type of track is being used for the first time in India and will have characteristics of absorbing vibrations up to 22 VdB over and above the vibrations that are absorbed by a normal metro track.
- It is also best suited for a city like Mumbai where there are heritage structures, congested areas and sensitive receptors like hospitals, schools, colleges, studios Etc.
- The two machines will cast 12,000 Sleeper Blocks every month to meet the requirement of a total of two lakh one thousand and six hundred Sleeper Blocks for the entire project.
Source: MMRC-Press Release | Image Credit: MMRC