Serving the country’s financial capital, the Mumbai metro is a new age Mass Rapid Transit System. The body which undertook this massive project to connect all the corridors of Mumbai is MMRDA, who in 2004 came out with a 147 KM master plan with numerous lines. Circumstantial problems and limitations like multiple environmental issues have resulted in the MMRDA being able to implement only one phase of it to connect Versova in the western suburbs with Ghatkopar in the eastern suburbs. This Ghatkopar: Andheri: Versova Metro corridor has been functioning since the past 4 years, and has been able to capitalize on the absence of a direct portal to connect the East West corridors of the city.
A new master plan of 118 KM was approved in 2015 and the new government provided the much-needed support for the development of two major lines, Dahisar(E) to Andheri(E) & Dahisar(W) to DN Nagar, parallel to the in-progress underground Colaba: SEEPZ line.
To ensure the safety and sustainability of Mumbai’s old and heritage buildings, MMRC has come up with a elaborate plan for digging safely underneath them and save the already congested city a lot of clutter. Vibrations caused during the piling work are consistently measured and and kept track of by a wide array of advanced machinery, as a necessary precaution to avoid complications. Numerous types of monitoring tools, internationally known and used, have also been enrolled to ensure the safety and long life of the buildings coming in way.
This Metro phase 3, connecting Colaba up to SEEPZ (a special economic zone), will have a total of 27 stations of which 26 will be underground. Environmental activists and other stakeholders have agreed to cooperate if not fully support this initiative.
Deadline of 2021 has been set by the MMRC, which is a joint venture between the Central Government and the Maharashtra government, to get the entire stretch of this planned route operational. State’s CM Devendra Fadnavis has claimed that an approximate of 90 lakh people will be travelling in the metro by the end of 2022. A loan assistance of Rs 13,235 crore, provided by the Japan’s International Co-operation Agency (JICA) is summing up for 57 per cent of the total cost. The State and Union governments will be looking after the remainder of the funds.
The Metro services will help reduce carbon footprint and are one of the greenest mass rapid transit system. Easing the burgeoning load on the local railway lines, which unfortunately leads to deaths in thousands every year due to the Super Dense Crush Load phenomenon, it is eventually going to be a game-changer in terms of the transportation in this city.