Colaba-SEEPZ Metro likely to be built in two phases
The Metro-3 corridor is crucial north-south rail connectivity and will supplement the existing suburban rail network that is already overburdenedmumbai Updated: Mar 03, 2017 23:17 IST
The city’s first underground Metro corridor — Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ — is likely to be commissioned in phases. Officials of the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation, which is the implementing agency of the 33.5-km Metro 3 corridor, said the line would be commissioned in two phases.
“According to our estimates, the stretch between the proposed car depot at Aarey Colony and BKC will be operational in Phase-1 by 2020, while BKC to Cuffe Parade will be ready for commuters in 2021,” said a senior MMRC official, on condition of anonymity.
Officials, however, said the resolution of the depot issue is crucial to the timely commissioning of the project. Environmentalists, citizen groups and political parties have opposed the state government’s decision to house the car depot at Aarey Colony in Goregaon (East). “All our contracts have been awarded except the car depot. We need a depot to commission a corridor,” the official said.
According to the study and estimates, the officials said there is more ridership on the section from Cuffe Parade to BKC than from BKC to Aarey Colony. “Hence we are going to have more services on the Cuffe Parade-BKC stretch. Every alternate train will go the entire 33.5 km-stretch, while the other will return from BKC as we have planned a roundabout at BKC,” said SK Gupta, director projects, MMRC. Gupta said the services will be chalked out according to peak hours.
The Metro-3 corridor is crucial north-south rail connectivity and will supplement the existing suburban rail network that is already overburdened. It will link key business districts such as MIDC and SEEPZ in Andheri and the plush business district of BKC and Nariman Point.
MMRC would commission metro services with eight-coach rakes instead of six-coach rakes planned earlier. MMRC has estimated a surge in ridership by the time the project will be commissioned by 2021. “Initially, we had planned to order 38 rakes of six coaches, but now we are ordering 31 trains of eight cars,” said AA Bhatt, director systems, MMRC.
Meanwhile, on Thursday night, workers and engineers on the Andheri east-Dahisar east (Metro-7) elevated corridor launched and erected the first pier cap at Pathanwadi in Malad (East). The 10.5-m wide pier cap, which weighs 65 tonnes, was erected on Pier-62 near Pathanwadi station on the 16.5-km corridor. After the pier caps are erected on the pillar, U-girders will be launched.