Mumbai Metro One project is in advanced stages of completion. The corridor covers distance of 11.40 km and is going to provide east-west connectivity. The metro corridor is going to connect Versova located in Western Mumbai to Ghatkopar in Eastern Mumbai. One of the project features is the complete elevated structure along the median of the road. The project comprises 12 stations starting from Versova – D. N. Nagar – Azad Nagar – Andheri – WEH – Chakala – Airport Road – Marol Naka – Saki Naka – Subhash Nagar – Asalpha Road and ending at Ghatkopar. These stations will be situated at an approximate distance of 1 km each and will have platforms at an average height of 12 mts to 13 mts with side platform configuration. A concourse will be provided at an intermediate level offering ticketing and other services. The line is estimated to cater to nearly 7 lakh passenger in its first year service. Once
operational, VAG corridor is expected to reduce the travelling time from 90 minutes to 20 minutes.
BEHIND THE PROJECT
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority is the planning and nodal agency for this project. Reliance Infrastructure is the project developer. Mumbai Metro One Private Ltd (MMOPL) is a Special Purpose Vehicle created to develop, implement and operate Mumbai’s first Metro Line, on a public-private partnership (PPP) model. It is a consortium formed by Reliance Infrastructure, MMRDA and Veolia Transport SA of France. The Project was awarded to MMOPL for the Concession period of 35 years.
On 1st May Prithviraj Chavan, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra
flagged off the Metro trial run starting from Versova station which ended at Azad Nagar successfully covering 3 km.
Mumbai is looking forward for the commissioning of mass rapid transit services like Mumbai Metro One project. The project promises to ease congestion, east-west connectivity, smooth passenger movement, less burden on road transport and ultimately less atmospheric pollution. Mumbai Metro One project is going to serve the areas which are currently not directly connected by the existing Suburban Rail network. The project is expected to complete by December 2013.
Length: 11.40 km
Journey time: 21 minutes
Frequency: 3.5 minutes, going down to 3 minutes during peak hours
Project Cost: Rs 2,356 cr
Capacity: Six lakh commuters per day
Fare Structure: Rs 6 to Rs 10
Trains: Initially 16 trains with four coaches each will run.
Each coach will carry 375 passengers.
Stations planned: Versova, Azad Nagar, D N Nagar, Andheri, WE.Highway, Chakala, Airport Road, Marol Naka, Saki Naka, Asalpha and Ghatkopar
Automatic Fare Collection: Simple, easy to use and operate automatic ticketing system