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Mumbai Metro 4 extension could ease train crowds and traffic jams

Mumbai city news: While it is expected to reduce crowds on locals, some experts say its impact on road traffic could be marginal

mumbai Updated: Jul 13, 2017 13:06 IST
Swapnil Rawal
Swapnil Rawal
Hindustan Times
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The Metro 4 extension to Fort will be one of two that will provide crucial north-south connectivity.(HT FILE)

The proposed Wadala-Fort extension of the Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane Metro 4 line, which will give commuters in central and eastern Mumbai another mass transit option, could also ease the pressure on both the Central Railway’s suburban trains and arterial roads, including the Eastern Express Highway.

The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation, which will build the Metro 3 underground corridor, claimed the metro line would reduce the number of vehicle trips a day by 4.5 lakh, or 35%, in 2021 and reduce consumption by 2.43 lakh litres a day in the same year.

However, traffic expert Ashok Datar said he wasn’t sure if the Metro network would help decongest roads much. “No matter how many alternatives are provided, people will only give up their private vehicles by choice. But the Metro could reduce the load on local trains if planned properly,” he said.

The Metro 4 extension to Fort will be one of two that will provide crucial north-south connectivity. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is preparing a project report for the Wadala-Fort extension of the Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavali Metro 4. Metro 3 (Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ) will connect the island city with the western suburbs. The two lines, it is hoped, will ease the load on local trains and traffic on roads.

MMRDA officials said Metro 4 would follow the Eastern Express Highway to tap potential riders near it. They said the Metro 4 extension from Wadala to the GPO at Fort would attract many commuters who now travel on the central and harbour lines between Wadala and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus. “Apart from this, a comfortable metro ride may attract people who would otherwise travel in private cars or cabs,” said an official.

Datar said that the metro lines were being planned well. “They are being planned within comfortable distance of local train stations so that passengers can switch between the two,” he added.

First Published: Jul 13, 2017 00:11 IST