MMRDA to spend Rs 62,943 crores, to develop 157-km metro network

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority has announced that it is planning to invest Rs 62,943 crores, to develop nine metro rail corridors in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, spanning 157 kms

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is planning to invest Rs 62,943 crores on infrastructure, to develop a metro rail network of 157 kms in Mumbai. The MMRDA is already implementing two metro corridors – the Andheri (east) to Dahisar (east) Metro-7 corridor (which is 18.5 kms long, with 17 stations) and the Dahisar (west) to DN Nagar Metro-2A corridor (which is 16.5 kms long, with 16 stations). While the project cost of the Metro-7 corridor is Rs 6,208 crores, the cost of the Metro-2A corridor is Rs 6,410 crores.

The construction of three more corridors – DN Nagar to Mandale Metro-2B, Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavali Metro-4 and Swami Samarth Nagar-Vikhroli (via JVLR) Metro-6 – is slated to be taken up in 2018. The 23.5-km Metro-2B corridor having 22 stations is worth Rs 10,986 crores, while the 32-km Metro-4 corridor with 32 stations will cost Rs 14,549 crores and the 14.5-km-long Metro-6 corridor with 13 stations will cost Rs 5,566 crores.

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The MMRDA will undertake four more metro corridors – a 24-km Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan Metro-5 corridor with 17 stations (Rs 8,417 crores), an eight-km Wadala to GPO Metro-8 corridor (Rs 2,400 crores), a nine-km Andheri (east) to Bandra (east) Metro-9 corridor (Rs 4,500 crores) and an 11-km Dahisar (east) to Mira-Bhayandar Metro-10 corridor (Rs 3,908 crores).

All these corridors are expected to serve more than 40 lakh commuters in the year 2021, from more than 160 metro stations in the city and the metropolitan region. “Considering the way Mumbaikars have embraced the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro-1 corridor, I will not be surprised if the numbers go beyond what has been predicted today,” said UPS Madan, metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA. More than four lakh commuters use Mumbai’s first metro corridor, every day. This corridor has reduced the commute time from 70 to 90 minutes, to only 20 minutes.

“I also expect that these metro corridors will encourage Mumbaikars to take public transport and dump thousands of vehicle trips that harm our exchequer dearly, in terms of usage of fuel at the cost of the environment,” said Madan. Besides providing commuting comfort, the network will also generate employment opportunities for about 10,000 engineers and about 40,000 skilled and unskilled workers.

On the operational front, the metro rail will use regenerative braking system, which will also help to save about 25 per cent in power consumption.

 

Metro corridors for Mumbai

Dahisar west to DN Nagar Metro-2A Corridor

  • 18.5 kms, Rs 6,410 crores
  • Will have 17 stations
  • Expected daily ridership – 4.07 lakhs in 2021
DN Nagar to Mankhurd Metro-2B Corridor

  • 23.5 kms, Rs 10,986 crores
  • Will have 22 stations
  • Expected daily ridership – 8.09 lakhs in 2021
Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavali Metro-4 Corridor

  • 32 kms, Rs 14,549 crores
  • Will have 32 stations
  • Expected daily ridership – 8.7 lakhs in 2021
Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan Metro-5 Corridor

  • 24 kms, Rs 8,416 crores
  • Will have 17 stations
  • Expected daily ridership – 2.29 lakhs in 2021
Swami Samarth Nagar-Vikhroli (via JVLR) Metro-6 Corridor

  • 14.5 kms, Rs 5,566 crores
  • Will have 13 stations
  • Expected daily ridership – 6.5 lakhs in 2021
Andheri east to Dahisar east Metro-7 Corridor

  • 16.5 kms, Rs 6,208 crores
  • Will have 16 stations
  • Expected daily ridership – 4.07 lakhs in 2021
Wadala to GPO Metro-8 Corridor

  • 8 kms, Rs 2,400 crores
  • Expected daily ridership – 3 lakhs in 2021
Andheri east to Bandra east Metro-9 Corridor

  • 9 kms
  • Expected daily ridership – 2 lakhs
Dahisar east to Mira-Bhayandar Metro-10 Corridor

  • 11 kms, Rs 3,908 crores
  • Expected daily ridership – 2.5 lakhs

 

Benefits of the metro system

  • Reduction in CO2 emissions, of about 2,50,000 tonnes per year.
  • Reduction in particulate matter, of about 150 tonnes per year.
  • Reduces journey time by 50-75 per cent, compared to road transport.
  • One metro corridor is equivalent to 12+12 dedicated bus lanes and 39+39 vehicular lanes.
  • Shifting of road users to metro by 30-35 per cent.
  • Density on suburban trains will reduce from 12 persons per sq m to seven persons per sq m.
  • Fewer accidents on the suburban rail system due to congestion.
  • Travel time will be reduced by an average of between 35 and 45 minutes on each corridor.
  • Generate employment opportunities for about 10,000 engineers and about 40,000 skilled and unskilled jobs.

 

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