In six years, commuters will be able to travel between currently unconnected suburbs like Charkop and Ghatkopar or Versova and Mankhurd by the Metro.
The Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL) has planned an intersecting station at D. N. Nagar for the city’s two Metro lines.
Commuters can switch from one corridor to another at this station. The idea is to provide seamless connectivity.
A traveller boarding a train from Charkop can get off at D. N. Nagar station and board the other Metro line to Ghatkopar. Similarly a commuter travelling from Mankhurd can board a Metro to Versova from D. N. Nagar.
“Commuters can buy tickets at any of the stations for destinations on either line,” an MMOPL official said requesting anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the media.
Commuters will also be able to switch from the Metro line to the suburban railway line, as some Metro stations will be located close to major suburban railway stations. Three stations on the Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd line will be located close to the suburban railway stations of Bandra, Kurla and Mankhurd.
“The locations of these stations have been planned in a way that commuters getting off the Metro line can have easy access to suburban railway stations as well,” the official added.
Metro officials hope these intersections will offer improved east-west connectivity in Mumbai where the existing transport system of suburban railways provides connectivity only along the north-south corridor.
The MMOPL is presently constructing the 11.07-km Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar line, expected to be ready by December 2010, and will soon begin work on the 32-km Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd line, which will be completed by 2016.