Mumbai Metro- in a mess

How messy things can be in infrastructure can be seen from the ongoing Mumbai metro rail project. (See Wikipedia link as well).

The project is to be done in 3 phases and with each phase linking certain places. In all there are going to be 9 such links:

Phase I (2006 – 2011)
Versova – Andheri – Ghatkopar  – 11.07 Km
Colaba – Bandra – Charkop – 38.24 Km 
Bandra – Kurla – Mankhurd – 13.37 Km
Total – 62.68 Km
Phase II (2011 – 2016)  
Charkop – Dahisar  – 7.5 Km
Ghatkopar – Mulund – 12.4 Km
Phase III ( 2016 – 2021) 
BKC – Kanjur Marg via Airport  – 19.5 Km
Andheri(E) – Dahisar(E) – 18 Km
Hutatma Chowk – Ghatkopar – 21.8 Km
Sewri – Prabhadevi – 3.5 Km  

The Total Length is 146.5 km  and is estimated to cost around Rs 19,525 Cr .

The first line linking Versova – Andheri – Ghatkopar has been done under a PPP agreement called Mumbai Metro One which is a Joint Venture Company formed by Reliance Energy Limited, a Reliance ADA Group Company, Veolia Transport, France and Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). ThisBusiness Standard news tells me that this first line might get funded under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) to meet the funding gap. It was expected that remaining 8 lines would also be developed under similar lines.

But not anymore. There is another development and now Maharashtra government has set up the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC), a separate body that would develop remaining eight metro rail corridors in Mumbai. And moreover an ET report says state will develop these 8 lines all by itself via MMRC and will not do any PPP.  The model has been adopted on lines of Delhi Metro which has made Delhi a much better city.

I hope they stick to this model and there are no changes. It has already been delayed quite a bit. Mumbai needs an alternative mode of public transport badly.

One Response to “Mumbai Metro- in a mess”

  1. rob Says:

    I am normally a big fan of India and public transit, but after today’s news I hope Reliance INdustries and Mumbai Metro both fail. They are buying metro trains from Chinese company! I consider this to be traitorous: DMRC makes metro trains under license from the Koreans, and DMRC has done well for Delhi…Mumbai should be buying from DMRC, not going with the enemy and rival of India (Communist China).

    Screw Reliance and screw the Mumbai Metro: they have ZERO patriotism and are cutting corners, just cuz they got a cheap price they will dump Chinese made junk on Indian consumers!

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