Mumbai Metro 2A May Be Opened By May 2021
If all goes as planned, north-south connectivity in Mumbai will get a major boost, as soon as the Mumbai Metro Line 2 becomes operational. The construction work has been completed ahead of schedule. The work on the last phase was expected to get over in November 2020 but due to the Coronavirus-induced lockdown, the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation managed to finish the work in September. With this, there are chances that the testing on the route may start in January 2021 and operations could begin in May 2021. Earlier, the plan was to open one part of this line (2A) for the public by 2020.
Once operational, this will be the longest line of the Mumbai Metro. The state-owned Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) is the executing agency. 378 metro coaches will be manufactured, which will be equipped with real-time monitoring systems, obstruction detection devices and driver-less technology.
Here are some facts about the Mumbai Metro Line II:
Length: The line 2 is an elevated 42-kilometre stretch with two sub-sections - 2A which is an 18-km line between Dahisar - Charkop - DN Nagar with 17 stations; and 2B between DN Nagar – BKC – Mankhurd which covers 23.5 kilometres. However, the MMRDA is figuring out if the section can be planned as an underground corridor after opposition to the elevated sections from several quarters. In 2017, the chief minister proposed to extend the Metro route by 13 km up to Mira-Bhayander under line 9.
Cost: The estimated cost is Rs 6,410 crore for line 2A is crore and Rs 10,986 crore for line 2B. The project is funded by both the state and central government along with soft loans from the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank.
Stations on line 2A: Dahisar, Anand Nagar, Rushi Sankul, IC 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.
Stations on line 2B: ESIC Nagar, Prem Nagar, Indira Nagar, Nanavati Hospital, Khira Nagar, Saraswat Nagar, National College, Bandra Metro, MMRDA, ITO, BKC, IL&FS, BKC, MTNL, BKC, S G Barve Marg, Kurla Terminus, Kurla East, Eastern Express Highway, Chembur, Diamond Garden, Shivaji Chowk, BSNL, Mankhurd and a depot at Mandale near Navi Mumbai.
Interchange facility: Passengers can access other lines through interchange stations like D N Nagar (for line 1), Bandra Suburban and ITO (for line 3) and Kurla East (for suburban network and line 4).
Features: Mumbai Metro Line 2 is likely to get 6-coach driverless trains which can carry 1,800 commuters. The daily ridership has been estimated to be around 8 lakh in 2021. With regenerative braking system, the Mumbai metro system would reduce power consumption by about 25 per cent.
Originally planned to connect Colaba to Charkhop under Mumbai Metro Master Plan 2004, the new route was included in the revised master plan by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority in 2012. The project was launched by former president Pratibha Patil in 2009.
After some disagreements with the state government, Reliance Infrastructure terminated the contract in 2014. Another construction company, Simplex Infrastructures Limited, won the contract for the project in 2017.
Real estate impact
The Maharashtra government is hopeful that the project would integrated well with the city’s existing infrastructure comprising of state-run bus services, Monorail and the local train system. The new transport line will not only provide faster access between northwest, south and central Mumbai but also reduce the road traffic by over 30 per cent. Far-flung areas such as Mankhurd, will now be closer to the bustling city pockets than before.
The Dahisar - Charkop - DN Nagar line, on the median of the linking road, will greatly benefit the residential localities on the western pockets. As observed by realty pundits, commercial and industrial growth will be followed by a change in the homebuyers’ sentiments with many willing to explore newer territories with a Metro link. Clearly, a direction connection between the rising property demand along these corridors and the pace of Metro construction is indicated.
The upcoming Metro link will give a boost to the thriving localities of central Mumbai and suburban localities like Dahisar, Khar, Santacruz, etc. Moreover, it will also benefit the areas like Malad East, Malad West, Kandivali and Goregaon, which already enjoy good connectivity with Western Expressway Highway.