Mumbai traffic is designed to run in a particular direction, the long coastline adds to her charm but at the same time creates traffic hazards.
Mumbai metro is an appropriate, pollution-free solution to re-adress the traffic woes of the commuters.
Mumbai Metro will run on an elevated corridor connecting East Mumbai to West Mumbai. It is going to provide world-class services to the commuters with special services for the physically disabled people. It aims to reduce the travel time by 50-75%.
Mumbai metro is designated to be built in three phases. There are going to be 8 metro lines covering a length of 146 Kms. The estimated time for the completion of the metro project is 15 years; it will be completed by 2021.
8 lines will connect different parts of Mumbai city. The first three lines in the planning phase are:
Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar: The 11 Km metro line covers 12 stations in all, some of the important stations are: DN Nagar, Azad Nagar, Andheri, Chakala, Airport, Saki Naka, Subhash Nagar, and Ghatkopar. It is expected to complete its full run in 21 minutes. A successful trial run was completed in August 2012. 70% of support pillars are ready and the Line 1 should be operational from March 2013.
Charkop-Mankhurd: Covers stations such as: Charkop, Bandra, Mankhurd. In all there will be 27 stations on this line covering a distance of 32 Kms. Line 2 of Mumbai Metro is planned to be completed by 2016.
Colaba-SEEPZ: Covers 27 stations from Colaba to SEEPZ. The work on Line 3 of Mumbai metro is planned to begin in 2013 and complete by 2019.
Metro will have nominal fare keeping in mind the local people. The frequency of metro is 3.5 mins. The fares will be:
Rs.6 for first 3 Kms
Rs. 8 between 3-8 Kms
Rs. 10 beyond 8 Kms
China is going to provide metro trains for Mumbai metro. Each car will have 4 coaches constructed in Nanjing metro train factory in China.
The number of coaches in each metro train can be increased to 6, the corridors are built keeping in mind the further expansion plans.
Each car unit will be 9.5 ft wide with a capacity to carry 1100 people in one train.
The coaches will be fully Air-Conditioned and designed to minimize noise and vibrations.
Greater seating facility will be provided, big LCD screens will be installed, the aim will be to make it more safe and convenient for the commuters.
Three-dimensional route maps, first aid, and wheel chairs for old or disabled are among the few services that will be provided.
The coaches will be fitted with fire fighting equipments.