If there was a debate to be organised on whether travelling by metro is worth the money, there would be people on the for side as well as the against side.
Mumbai Metro management recently decided to raise the price of the monthly 45 trip pass to Rs 1350 to smartly raise revenue since increasing the token prices would not be approved. The increase in prices is one of the banes of privatisation that we all have to bear. Given the condition of the Metro line from Versova – Ghatkopar, we can say that the money will be put to good use.
Given the high prices, 3.55 lakh commuters on each weekday is also something to wonder about. The number of commuters will probably drop post this increase in price. But, the comforts metro has to offer along with the savings in time are too good to ignore. There are many stories of people, especially students, who have been largely helped by the Metro Line 1. For someone who stayed in Versova, to travel to Ghatkopar in 22 minutes with maximum comfort is something that cannot be done away with.
With the success of it’s first ever metro line in Mumbai, MMRDA has 6 more metro lines approved to connect the places that are so far from each other that travelling by a single mode of public transport is unfeasible.
All these proposals have been approved, and construction has begun on most of them.
With so many metro lines under construction in Mumbai, it can get a bit confusing at times as to which metro line is to merge where and which one is supposed to be independent. Also there may be doubts about completion dates. So, just to satisfy the curiosity bugs within you, here’s an article on the status of the metro projects all over Mumbai and it’s neighbouring areas.
Already Constructed, Metro Line 1 from Versova to Ghatkopar is 11 km long and was operational from June 8, 2014.
It has a huge number of daily commuters as it connects the Western Railway Line (Andheri) to Central Railway Line (Ghatkopar)
Divided into 2 phases
Length: 18.6 km
First Station: Anand Nagar (Dahisar)
Last Station: D.N.Nagar (Andheri West)
Detailed Stops: 17 stations are Anand Nagar, Rushi Sankul, I C Colony, Eksar, Don Bosco, Shimpoli, Mahavir Nagar, Kamraj Nagar, Charkop, Malad Metro, Kasturi Park, Bangur Nagar, Goregaon Metro, Adarsha Nagar, Shastri Nagar and DN Nagar.
Cost: 1.7 Billion USD
The corridor is proposed to be ready by 2019. It will have interchange with Metro Line 1 at DN Nagar and Line 7 at Dahisar.
Length: 23.6 km
Major Stops: D.N. Nagar – National College – Kurla Terminus – Mandale (Near Mankhurd)
Cost: 1.8 billion USD
Length: 33.5 km
Connection: Cuffe Parade (Colaba) – SEEPZ
Detailed Connection: The line starts at Cuffe Parade, will run through Nariman Point, Churchgate, CST, Girgam, Worli, Mahim, Kalina University, Dadar, Bandra, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Santacruz East and past the domestic and international terminals of Mumbai Airport, through Andheri MIDC and terminates at SEEPZ
Cost: 3.6 billion USD
Upon completion, it will have interchanges with metro lines at SEEPZ (Line 6), Marol Naka (Versova-Ghatkopar Line), BKC (Line 2), Central railway at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai Monorail at Mahalaxmi (Jacob circle), and Western Railway at Mahalaxmi, Mumbai Central and Churchgate.
Length: 32.3 km
Connection: Wadala-Kasarvadavali (Near Thane)
Detailed Stations: The 32 station on the route are as Bhakti Park Metro, Wadala TT, Anik Nagar Bus Depot, Suman Nagar, Siddharth Colony, Amar Mahal Junction, Garodia Nagar, Pant Nagar, Laxmi Nagar, Shreyas Cinema, Godrej Company, Vikhroli Metro, Surya Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Naval Housing, Bhandup Mahapalika, Bhandup Metro, Shangrila, Sonapur, Mulund Fire Station, Mulund Naka, Teen Haath Naka (Thane), RTO Thane, Mahapalika Marg, Cadbury Junction, Majiwada, Kapurbawdi, Manpada, Tikuji-ni-wadi, Dongri Pada, Vijay Garden, Kasarvadavali
Cost: 2.25 Billion USD
Length: 24.9 km
Connections: Thane – Bhiwandi – Kalyan
Cost: 1.3 Billion USD
Length: 14.5 km
Connection: Lokhandwala – Jogeshwari Railway Station – Vikhroli – Kanjurmarg (Near Powai)
Cost: 1.03 Billion USD
It will be an elevated corridor.It will connect Lokhandwala Complex in Andheri in the western suburbs to Vikhroli and Kanjurmarg in the eastern suburbs.
Detailed Stops: Lokhandwala Complex, Adarsh Nagar, Momin Nagar, JVLR, Shyam Nagar, Mahakali Caves, SEEPZ Village, Saki Vihar Road, Ram Baug, Powai Lake, IIT Powai, Kanjurmarg (W), Vikhroli-Eastern Express Highway. Metro 6 will provide interchange with Metro 2 at Infinity Mall in Andheri, with Metro 3 at SEEPZ, with Metro 4 and the Mumbai Suburban Railway at Jogeshwari and Kanjurmarg, and with Metro 7 at JVLR.
Length: 16.5 km
Connections: Bhayender – Dahisar East – Andheri East – Mumbai International Airport Terminal 2
Cost: 0.96 Billion USD
So to Summarize:
This is going to create many jobs and improve the standards of lifestyle in Mumbai. There will be less stress on the Mumbai Railway System.
However, there are bound to be a lot of traffic issues and environmental problems. Pollution levels will be higher in the form of Air and Noise Pollution. The construction of the Versova Metro Station was done right in front of a friend’s home and since they did some part of the construction at night, it used to be deafening at times. It’s our job to complain if we suffer, but it’s again our duty to keep in mind is that the end result will be positive and many more job opportunities will open up.
The times ahead will be testing since all the lines are to be constructed around the same time. And again our desire to have a flying car at our disposal will rise.
One thing I have learnt from my personal experiences:
The metro is much more than a mode of transport. It is a centre for joy, creativity and friendship. It gives people time to relax and break themselves from life’s struggles.
Most importantly, it gives you the luxury of precious time, which you can spend with the ones who deserve it.