Published On: Tue, May 9th, 2017

Five New Metro Lines for Mumbai Suburbs

Mumbai is soon to witness less congested local trains and fast moving vehicular traffic with MMRDA’s plan to bring the far end suburb’s close to the heart of the city. Apart from the ongoing metro construction work, as per the MMRDA plans Mumbai suburbs are going to get five new metro lines. The metro  construction work on five Metro corridors in Mumbai will start from December 2017.

MMRDA plans to start construction work in the following areas – Swami Samarth Nagar-Jogeshwari-Kanjurmarg-Vikhroli, DN Nagar-Mankhurd, Dahisar East-Mira Road-Bhayander and Wadala-Ghatkopar-Mulund-Kasarvadavli are the new planned metro routes for the Mumbai.

The construction of four new metro routes will be completed till 2022. MMRDA had allocated RS 6,976 crore budget for these metro projects. Currently, Mumbai has a 12 KM metro line which is Versova- Andheri-Ghatkopar. Meanwhile, another metro construction is underway on three routes: Colaba-Bandra-Seepz, Andheri-Dahisar and Dahisar-DN Nagar.

Till 2019 Dahisar-DN Nagar and Andheri-Dahisar route will be completed as per the government deadline and the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz likely to be accredited by 2021. By constructing Colaba-Bandra-Seepz route approx 6.6 lakh vehicle trips will be reduced and it will help to reduce carbon dioxide which is harmful to the environment.

Central Railway and Western Railway is the busiest line from which at least 75 lakh people travel every day. MMRDA reported that Western and central railway, which ferries around 75 lakh passengers per day, will see a significant decline of the mad-rush. While vehicular traffic will reduce by 35 to 40 percent, travel time will reduce by 30-50 minutes. Along with these benefits, vehicular emission will also fall gradually.

Metro on new routes is expected to improve connectivity to areas like Bhayander, Kalyan and Bhiwandi.

Presently, these areas rely on local trains and road transportation. Introduction of metro corridor is expected to boost connectivity across these rapidly expanding Mumbai suburbs.

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