MUMBAI: According to the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) around 54% work is completed on the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) Metro Station which is the longest station of the 33.5 km long underground Metro Line-3 (Colaba–Bandra-SEEPZ Line)
The BKC station will be an important junction station in terms of being an interchange station with the elevated Metro Line-2B and an imperative hub for the Mumbai Metro rail network along with having connectivity with the station of the proposed Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project.
The BKC station consists of three tunnels which will be passing under the Mithi river. Work on two tunnels between BKC to Dharavi is already completed using TBM (Tunnel Boring Machine) by August 2020, while work on the third tunnel of length 153 meters is currently underway using New Austrian Tunneling Method (NATM) technology.
As per MMRC, this third tunnel will be used as stabling line which will enable faster train operations during peak hours. This will also work as sick lines to park a disabled train, if the requirement arises.
This station is expected to have the highest density among all the stations on Metro Line-3 and will have seamless interchange with Metro Line-2B with commuters would not need to go out of stations of either metro lines to change. On completion, BKC station will the largest metro station in Asia.
Metro Line-3 is a 33.5 km long fully underground line with 27 stations which would connect 06 business districts, 30 educational institutes, 30 recreational facilities and domestic as well as international airport terminals.
It will have five interchange points for suburban railway and one each for Monorail and ‘Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar’ Line-1.
MMRC, a joint venture of the Govt. of India and the Government of Maharashtra, is the nodal agency responsible for the implementation of Mumbai Metro Line-3 project.