Mumbai: In the next few years Metro is set to change the way people travel in the megacity. Numbers of commuters have already started taking the spotlight away from the Mumbai local that ferries around 78 lakh commuters daily. The Metro has completely replaced the future of local trains in the city is being replaced by the Metro rail being developed on a very big scale. When executing the railway projects in Mumbai and its metropolitan region, Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP)-3A could be the last big project for the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC). The approximate Rs 55,000 crore MUTP-3A projects are being considered a monetary drain, even the suburban local trains are also being seen as a burden by both the Indian Railways and the Maharashtra government.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is also developing 13 separate metro rail corridors worth over Rs 1.25 lakh crore. These metro rail networks would also extend in far suburbs as well. There is already building metro rail network of over 100-120 kilometers long. After completion, all corridors will traverse through 300 kms, according to official sources.
A Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) said that the first breakthrough was made in the construction of Mumbai’s first 33.5-km-long fully underground Metro corridor connecting Colaba-Bandra-Seepz. This has played a very crucial role and significant work towards the completion of the Metro-3 project. It is a result of blood and sweat expended by a team of 250 engineers, technical and mechanical workers together.
MMRC is executing the Metro rail project:
The Metro-3 project is divided into seven civil construction packages. The tunnel breakthrough witnessed last month was part of package 7, which is spread between T-2 till Aarey Colony. It will also provide access to Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro-1 at Marol Naka and several other business hubs in Andheri. The MMRC has also completed a 9-kilometer-long tunnel.
As per official sources, recently French multinational Alstom outbid the Chinese publicly traded rolling stock (metro coaches) manufacturer CRRC Corporation to bag a contract worth 315 million euros from the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) for the 33.5-km Metro 3 between Cuffe Parade & SEEPZ. Alstom will supply 248 Metro cars.