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Students to design Mumbai Metro-3 stations

The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) is holding a competition inviting ideas from students of architecture and urban design for planning the station areas.

mumbai Updated: Mar 19, 2019 10:54 IST
Tanushree Venkatraman
Tanushree Venkatraman
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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A file photo of the Mumbai Metro. (HT File )

In a first-of-its-kind, students from Mumbai are likely to design station areas of the city’s only fully underground line - the Mumbai Metro-3 (Colaba-Bandra-Seepz). The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC), which is executing the project, is holding a competition inviting ideas from students of architecture and urban design for planning the station areas.

Students will be expected to look at station area management and multimodal integration for any one of the 27 stations on Metro-3. This will mean designing last-mile connectivity in the form of skywalks, subways, bus-stops or any other mode of transport. The competition was announced last week and winners are expected to be announced in October.

Last-mile connectivity continues to one of the biggest problems for people using public transport in the city.

R Ramana, MMRC executive director, said, “We will give due consideration to the entries. The ideas can be incorporated at a conceptual level, which will require detailing to be done by MMRC.” The organisation will also provide data and maps for the students to work on their proposal.

Sayli Udas Mankikar, senior fellow from city-based think-tank Observer Research Foundation (ORF), said the competition will, in a way, also give students an experience in public sector. ORF is co-ordinating with the MMRC in the planning and execution of this competition.

“These days, students shy away from working in a public sector company. This will give them an exposure. Plus, by designing the station areas, the students will develop a kind of ownership with the project,” Mankikar said. She also said ORF will approach 20 colleges of urban designing and architecture in the coming days.

The 33.5km fully underground metro, which will cost Rs 23,136 crore, will connect the western suburbs with the island city. It is currently one of the biggest infrastructure projects in Asia.

In 2017, ORF along with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had held a competition to look at new policy ideas that can be incorporated for the city’s planning.

First Published: Mar 19, 2019 10:54 IST