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Mumbai Metro - Line 1 by 2009

Dear forumers, India's commercial capital will finally have a Metro system in place by 2009.

A few days ago, the Government of the State of Maharashtra (of which Mumbai/Bombay is the capital) finally approved the construction of the first phase of the Mumbai Metro.

The Metro project has been bagged by a consortium led by Reliance Energy Limited, a multi-billion dollar company led by Anil Ambani. The other worthy members of the consortium are names I am sure all of you will be familar with:

Connex and Hong Kong MTR.

The main issue holding the project was the viability gap funding for the project. While the consortium asked for Rs. 1,251 crores (~ USD 275 million) with an investment return of 26%. The State government and its authorities stayed put at Rs. 650 crores (~ USD 143 million) with an investment return of 15%. The consortium has accepted this revised down VGF.

The total cost of the entire project is Rs. 19,500 crores (~ USD 4.3 Billion), to be divided into three phases. The deadline set by the government for the completion of all the phases is 2021.

The total cost of Phase 1 is Rs. 2,356 crores (~ USD 520 million), covering a total distance of 60 Km. Line 1 is a total distance of 11 Km with 11 stations.

Work on Mumbai Metro to begin by June

Work on the 11-km Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar route, under phase-I, will commence by June and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh would lay the foundation stone. A Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), consisting of REL and Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), would execute the project. Phase-I is likely to be completed by 2009.

Commuting time

The entire Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar route would be on `Standard Gauge' elevated rails with 12 elevated stations. It will have a carrying capacity of 60,000 persons per hour and the commuting time on the entire stretch would be 21 minutes.

Viability Gap Funding

French company Connex and Hong Kong MRT are the other members of the consortium, and they will provide the technical know-how.

The REL had calculated a Viability Gap Funding (VGF) at Rs 1,251 crore for the project but this has been brought down to Rs 650 crore.

Fare structure

The Mumbai Metro Rail would be 146.5 km long and estimated to cost Rs 19,500 crore. There are nine lines, of which 32.5 km would be underground and 114 km elevated rails. The fist phase would be fully functional by 2011, second phase by 2016 and third phase by 2021.

The Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar route will have 12 stations comprising Versova, D.N. Nagar, Azad Nagar, Andheri, Western Express Highway, Chakala, Airport, Marol Naka, Saki Naka, Subhash Nagar, Asalpha Road and Ghatkopar.

The proposed fare structure is Rs 6 up to 3 km, Rs 8 for 3-8 km and Rs 10 for a distance over 8 km.
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Dream project is on its way

The first phase will also include 38 km Colaba-Mahim-Charkop route and the 14 km Bandra-Kurla-Mankhurd route. The total cost of the project will be Rs 19,500 crore and the two parties entered into an agreement for a period of 35 years out of which five years will be for construction of the 146.5 km railway track.

The first corridor, Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar, will be on an elevated route with elevated stations and will connect densely populated areas of Western and Eastern suburbs cutting the travelling time from 70 minutes to 21 minutes. It aims at answering the most congested two-way movement throughout the day by providing access to areas such as MIDC, International Airport and other commercial areas.

The Metro will have air-conditioned compartments, escalators, lifts for senior citizens, automatic fare collection centres and automatic door closure system.
The construction work on the corridor will commence by October-November 2006 and it will be ready for commuters by December 2009, MMRDA Commissioner T Chandrashekhar said.
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tytler said:
So what they are going to with existing train network in Mumbai?
Thats an excellent suburban rail network that Mumbai possesses. The only reason it looks so decrepit is because there has never been money to spend on their upgrades, and because of an ever increasing population. Otherwise it has always been a very effective and efficient network.

Hopefully the authorities that run that system will now focus on upgrading the existing suburban rail network.
 

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the existing suburban system if for all intents and purposes a metro. but it is over-burdened and the new lines will add desperately need east-west linkages in the fast growing suburbs and also new alignments. should reduce the load on the existing system.

existing and proposed lines

 

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Hindustani said:
Those are not "trains". They are more like human Cargo movers the way people hang out of those. Bombay should ban them immediately as soon as this 2009 line is up and running. :)
Bombay will come to a standstill if the locals are banned.. they are really outdated, over crowded,dirty but still that suburban system is one of the best one can see. They run from 4am till 2am with frequency of around 2 -3 mins at most of the time. All they need is a facelift in terms of AC coaches, nice waiting area, Smart card facilities,automatic doors . Its no joke handling over 6 million ppl /day and at the same time maintain the train timings so efficiently. Only disadvantage locals have is , they dont have east west direction trains, which is one of the reason of huge crowds in stations like Dadar(Interchange for both CR and WR). Hopefully the Metro whose most links will be east west links will relieve the crowding from the existing suburban network to some extent. They really need to increase frequency in Navi mumbai MRTS network (thane-Vashi) and also build up LRT network in Thane city area.. any updates about those?
 

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Tintin27 said:
Bombay will come to a standstill if the locals are banned.. they are really outdated, over crowded,dirty but still that suburban system is one of the best one can see. They run from 4am till 2am with frequency of around 2 -3 mins at most of the time. All they need is a facelift in terms of AC coaches, nice waiting area, Smart card facilities,automatic doors . Its no joke handling over 6 million ppl /day and at the same time maintain the train timings so efficiently. Only disadvantage locals have is , they dont have east west direction trains, which is one of the reason of huge crowds in stations like Dadar(Interchange for both CR and WR). Hopefully the Metro whose most links will be east west links will relieve the crowding from the existing suburban network to some extent. They really need to increase frequency in Navi mumbai MRTS network (thane-Vashi) and also build up LRT network in Thane city area.. any updates about those?
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You'd think the writer means the metro will not solve the commuters problems at all, but what the report is trying to say is that the benefits won't be visible immediately. these are personal views of an urban planner.


Metro may not alleviate Mumbai's transport woes

A proposed Rs.23.46 billion metro railway project may not immediately alleviate the public transport woes of India's commercial capital, says a leading expert.

A special purpose vehicle formed by the consortium led by Reliance Energy and MMRDA will execute the project. However, the MMRDA decision to construct the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar route on the east-west corridor will do little to ease the load on the city's public transport system, according to renowned city planner Chandra Shekar Prabhu.

The first phase between Versova and Ghatkopar will only benefit residents of selected areas like Versova, Andheri and Lokhanwala, he maintained.

'Instead the MMRDA should have taken the Colaba-Charkop route on the north-south corridor as the project's first phase,' Prabhu told IANS. 'Over five million commuters use the public transport system in Mumbai. And the major load of it is on the north-south corridor,' he added.

The city planner, who was closely associated with the feasibility study of the proposed network, said: 'The real need is to decongest and ease transport burden on the north-south corridor.'

'This apart, travellers coming and going from the international airport at Sahar will not benefit as the train link has not been finalised,' he said.

The MMRDA had suggested that the train link to Sahar be executed and funded by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) or the GVK group that is now modernising the airport. The issue remains unresolved, as talks between the AAI and the MMRDA did not bear fruit.

The stretch from Versova to Ghatkopar will be elevated and will have 12 stations.
 

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Actually that can be very true. I feel that the Line between Bandra and MAnkhurd would be more helpful for the commuters as ppl living in Navi mumbai can change trains at mankhurd and travel to the offices of Bandra Kurla complex. Same with ppl travelling from western suburbs such as borivili. Bandra kurla is fast turning out to be an alternative CBD to Nariman Point. That line looks more important than the Ghatkopar,versova line, eventhough that line passes past the airport.
 

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ghatkopar-versova travels across some of the most congested commercial areas and roadways in bombay and which results in large number of vehicular traffic. having a metro rail in this corridor would take a huge number of vehicles off the roads

the colaba-charkop is on a different scale, being the longest line so of course its important. but i think people are underestimating the value of versova-ghatkopar where there are no alternative rail routes, unlike the north-south axis. also since this east-west linkage is fairly affluent, a lot more cars would be off the roads
 

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Metro underground till Mahim

State Cabinet decides to link all parts of the island city by underground railway, while proposing an elevated route for the suburbs

Ravikiran Deshmukh

The State Cabinet, on Wednesday, decided to extend the underground railway link, previously decided to end at Mahalakshmi, to Mahim. According to this new plan, the island parts of the city will be connected by an underground metro, while an elevated route may be proposed for the suburbs.

This will increase the cost of the project by Rs 3,000 crore.

Three routes — Colaba-Charkop, Hutatma Chowk-Ghatkopar and Sewri-Prabhadevi — will connect the island city and suburbs as per the master plan approved by the state government.

The cabinet also decided upon the standard gauge for the metro link, instead of the broad gauge. The standard gauge measures 1,445 mm as compared to the 1,676 mm-measuring broad gauge.

Also, the turning radius of the standard gauge is 100 Mts., while that of the broad gauge can be anywhere between 200 to 300 Mts. By using the standard gauge, the width of the tracks will decrease, thereby saving space.

“The standard gauge will be beneficial in context of congested roads, space crunch and geographical parameters,” said Deshmukh, adding that the government will also save Rs 1,027 crore by using it.

Planned in three phases, the metro rail links’ first phase will connect Versova-Ghatkopar, Colaba-Charkop and Mahim-Kurla-Mankhurd links of the metropolis.



http://www.mumbaimirror.com/nmirror/mmpaper.asp?sectid=2&articleid=52420062227372035242006222650781
 

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Finally! Great to see that finally the much mooted metro will be a reality (well in 4 or more years at least).

However, I am a little confused regarding the EW Line 1 via the airport as the smaller map, posted by magestom, shows the airport station as a spur line from Line 1. Is this correct as the map by Bombay Boy would suggest a through line.
 
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