About Mumbai Metro
With the beginning of the metro line in the city, Mumbai has entered the list of cities having metro rail service in the country. The cities already existing in the list are Kolkata, Delhi and Bangalore.
The Mumbaikars have begun to enjoy the convenience of the metro train. However, as far as the fares go, the public will feel the pinch on account of a recent court ruling. The ruling settles the dispute between the Maharashtra government and Reliance Infrastructure, allowing the latter to implement its own fare structure. This increase is expected as the project cost has jumped a whopping 70% from its initial estimates.
According to the Mumbai Metro officials, the metro service has been started for the public only after thorough trial runs. A welcome innovation in the Mumbai Metro has been the introduction of "influence zones" aimed at reducing congestion during peak hours; under this provision, the area within 100 metres of the metro stations will be banned for hawkers and other encroachment.
How the need for Mumbai Metro System was realized?
Maharashtra government was looking for the means to better the traffic and transportation scene in Mumbai. The government wanted to come up with something that would meet the future travel needs of the commuters well. It was this exploration of idea that brought the various options of mass transit system in the picture. A detailed study was done in this area under the guidance of Indo-German Technical Co-operation by assigning the consultancy work to TEWET in alliance with DE-Consult and TCS in the year 1997-2000. A mass transit passage from Andheri to Ghatkopar was recommended in the study. Meanwhile, DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) chalked out the master plan for Mumbai metro, suggesting an extension of Andheri-Ghatkopar route to Versova. Subsequently, the construction work of the metro system in Mumbai gained pace and was performed under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) format.
Why Metro Rail in Mumbai is needed?
However, if considered from the point of view of Mumbai, the metro system is much needed for following reasons:
- Several pockets in the city and its suburban areas are not connected by rail-based mass transit system
- For the protection of environment
- Limitations that are faced in the expansion of road network
- Present rail and road scenario not apt for future travel needs
- The role of bus system is limited in the area of offering feeder services to railways
- Bus network alone cannot match the future travel demands
Features of Mumbai Metro Rail
Some of the attractive and technical features of the Mumbai metro system are mentioned below:
- Four or Six Coaches
- Single class
- Air conditioned
- 80 kmph maximum speed
- 33 kmph average speed
- m/sec2 acceleration
- 1.2 m/sec2 deceleration
- 1500 accommodation capacity
- 60,000 pphd system capacity
- Automatic Ticket Collection
- Train control with Driver
- Operation Control Centre
- Closed Circuit Television
- Dynamic visual displays and loudspeakers
- Routes shown on Mumbai Metro Map
- Versova - Andheri & - Ghatkopar
- Colaba - Bandra &- Charkop
- Bandra - Kurla &- Mankhurd
- Ghatkopar &- Mulund
- Charkop &- Dahisar
- Andheri(E) - Dahisar(E)
- BKC - Kanjur Marg via Airport
- Hutatma Chowk &- Ghatkopar
- Sewri &- Prabhadevi
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Last Updated on : June 9, 2014