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Navi Mumbai, built as a satellite city for Mumbai, has developed by leaps and bounds in the last decade. Today, each and every node, both, old and newer ones, that are opening up in Navi Mumbai, are being developed strategically with focus on providing the people with state-of-the-art social and physical infrastructure. For example, Navi Mumbai is home to India’s first and largest transit-oriented development (TOD) at Seawoods Darave. The next milestone to be achieved by this satellite city is operations of the Navi Mumbai Metro (NMM), which promises excellent connectivity to its different nodes. By 2027, the Navi Mumbai Metro is expected to serve one lakh passengers per day. To set the ball rolling, trial runs on the Navi Mumbai metro started from August 28, 2021.
To ease the pressure on the railway network and the growing traffic on the road, there was a need to introduce a new mode of public transport that would establish connectivity to all Navi Mumbai residential nodes. As a result, the Navi Mumbai metro was designed with five lines, covering a distance of 106.4 kms. This is not only an important transportation need for the smart city, it will also boost the city’s economic growth.
The Maharashtra government authorised City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Limited (CIDCO) as the implementing agency for the construction, maintenance and operation of the Navi Mumbai Metro for Corridor-1 that will be developed in three phases. The foundation stone for the Navi Mumbai metro rail project was laid on May 1, 2011. The Corridor-1 route includes Belapur, Kharghar, Pendhar, Kalamboli and Khandeshwar and is planned to be extended to Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA). Corridor-1 is based on a detailed project report made by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for the Navi Mumbai Metro Rail Project.
Line-1 will cover a total of 23.4 kms and will include 20 metro stations. Starting from Belapur, the Navi Mumbai Metro Line 1 will terminate at the Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA). Line-1 will be developed in four phases – Belapur to Pendhar will be the first phase, covering a distance of 11.10 kms and include 11 elevated stations with a terminus at Belapur and a depot-cum-workshop at Taloja.
Phase-2 will include MIDC Taloja to Khandeshwar, covering a distance of 10.30 kms and include eight stations. An interlink between Pendhar and MIDC will be built under Phase-3 that will cover two kms, including one station. Finally, Phase-4 will be from Khandeshwar to the Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA).
Lines 2 and 3 of the Navi Mumbai Metro will be funded by the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), respectively.
Navi Mumbai Metro Phase 1 from Belapur to Pendhar received ‘Dynamic Clearance Certificate’ from the central Ministry of Telecommunications. The next step for the Navi Mumbai Metro, is to proceed with commercial operating testing under the purview of the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS).
Line -1 Phase -1 of the Navi Mumbai Metro has the following stations:
- CBD Belapur
- Sector 7
- CIDCO Science Park
- Utsav Chowk
- Sector 11
- Sector 14
- Central Park
- Sector 34
According to a report in Mid-Day, Dr Sanjay Mukherjee, vice-chairman and MD of CIDCO mentioned that Belapur suburban railway station would have a link at Metro station 1 and Kharghar suburban railway station would have a link at Metro station 3. Additionally, Taloja station on the CR’s Diva-Panvel line may be a possible link to the Konkan Railway. The Navi Mumbai Metro would operate as a three-car train, which can be augmented to a six-car train once requirements increase and related infrastructure is made available going forward.
Although the ticket prices and fare structure of the Navi Mumbai Metro have not been decided yet, CIDCO has plans to use the latest technology for automatic fare collection like online ticketing, use of QR code and near field communication.
See also: Everything you need to know about the Mumbai Metro
August 2021: Trial run of Navi Mumbai Metro Line 1, Phase 1 from Belapur to Pendhar starts on August 28.
July 2021: Maha Metro to operate and maintain the Navi Mumbai Metro Line 1 for 10 years.
May 2021: First trial run of Navi Mumbai metro takes place from Kharghar Metro station to Taloja Depot.
March 2019: Three-coach metro train for Navi Mumbai Metro arrives from China.
May 1, 2011: Foundation stone laid for the Navi Mumbai Metro.
When will the Navi Mumbai Metro operations start?
After the trial runs of Line 1, Phase 1, commencing from August 28, 2021, the Navi Mumbai Metro may start operations for the public by 2021-end.
Will the Navi Mumbai Metro provide connectivity to the Navi Mumbai International Airport?
The fourth phase of Line-1 will be extended till the Navi Mumbai International Airport.