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.
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|
|DN Nagar to Mankhurd Metro-2B Corridor|
|Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavali Metro-4 Corridor|
|Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan Metro-5 Corridor|
|Swami Samarth Nagar-Vikhroli (via JVLR) Metro-6 Corridor|
|Andheri east to Dahisar east Metro-7 Corridor|
|Wadala to GPO Metro-8 Corridor|
|Andheri east to Bandra east Metro-9 Corridor|
|Dahisar east to Mira-Bhayandar Metro-10 Corridor|
Benefits of the metro system