All You Need To Know About Mumbai Metro Line 7
The Mumbai Metro Line 7 is a partially elevated corridor connecting Andheri (East) to Dahisar East. Construction is expected to be completed by December 2018 as the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) had encountered roadblocks with respect to tenders. Recently, state-owned Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) has been awarded a contract worth Rs 3,015 crore for manufacturing 378 metro coaches for the Mumbai Metro corridor. These coaches will be equipped with real-time monitoring system for women safety, obstruction deflection devices to avoid derailment and driverless technology.
Hoping to complete the project in a record time of three years, the state government expects the operations to begin by 2019.
Here are some facts about the Mumbai Metro Line 7:
- Real Estate impact : Running parallel to Surat-Dahisar Highway, the Metro line 7 will not only ease commuting and road congestion but will also impact the property markets along the Andheri-Dahisar belt. Andheri East - an industrial hub - is likely to emerge as a promising realty destination since the market here has already picked up. If the line gets extended, areas like Mira Road, Bhayander as well as the route up to the international airport will see huge growth. Capital values in Dahisar on the northern end of the corridor are gradually picking up with an appreciation of 11.7 per cent.
Realty experts predict a simultaneous rise in demand for rental housing as working professionals would have the option to reside near a metro station and avail of a quicker commute to and fro their offices.
- Length: Line 7 covers a total length of 16.5 kilometres. It includes 14 stations namely Andheri (East), Shankarwadi, JVLR Junction, Mahanand, Aarey, Pathan Wadi, Pushpa Park, Bandongri, Mahindra & Mahindra, Magathane, Devipada, National Park, Ovripada and Dahisar (East). There are plans to extend the corridor, by 9 km, to Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (terminal T2) from Andheri (East), and to Mira Road-Bhayendar from Dahisar.
- Cost: The estimated cost for the project is Rs 6,208 crore. Besides contributions from MMRDA and the state government, the project is partially funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
- Interchange facility: The corridor has interconnectivity with Metro line 1 at Andheri (East) to WEH station, line 2A at Dahisar and line 6 at JVLR.
- Features: The line is designed to carry metro trains of 8 coaches with a capacity of 2,244 passengers and a daily ridership of 4 lakh people by 2021. A dedicated depot will be developed at Dahisar. To prevent congestion, some stations along the Western Express Highway will be built on the single pier instead of three piers.
- Conceptualisation: The project was launched in October 2015 and construction began in August 2016. The MMRDA, the implementing agency, is planning to execute the project in three packages, based on Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) model, each bagged by Simplex Infrastructure Ltd, JKumar Infraprojects Ltd and NCC Ltd.