Mumbai: Study conducted by Italian agency for preparing techno-economic feasibility in connection with Mumbai metro corridors – connecting Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan – the consulting firms states that there is going to be a huge ridership demand. This stretch is expected to have huge demand by 2021. The consultants were appointed by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).
The techno-feasibility report by D’Appolonia SpA , the Italian company has been submitted to MMRDA and the outcome clearly states that for ridership demand is going to be very heavy in coming years. It is therefore, important to offer metro services at this stretch. The study undertaken in 2015 for the stretch has come up with expected population rise in the stretch.
Under section 41 C MR and TP act (Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning Act), government had appointed MMRDA as ‘Special Planning Authority’ for 27 villages located in Kalyan and for Bhiwandi enclosed notified areas that cover 60 villages in August 2006 and March 2007.
The detailed project report prepared by the Italian consultancy has proposed owing to development taking place in Kalyan and Bhiwandi surrounding notified area (BSNA), demand for public transport will increase steeply. To meet this demand Mumbai Metro rail can help meet the growing demand in coming years.
As per the data collected during study, the peak hour per direction traffic (PHPDT) in the 23.6 km Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan corridor is estimated to be 17,500 PHPDT
The Italian consultant in their report have stated that taking into account the peak hour passenger demand, need for Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) would be required for the stretch. With Mumbai Metro line in this stretch, commuter will get to travel fast, safely and easily. More so, metro will be an environmental-friendly mode of transport for commuters over other means.
The importance of Thane-Kalyan areas is that these are trip generating points in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. This implies that it is from these two locations that traffic originates as well exit the city.
In the DPR the Italian consultant has also stated there is lack of connectivity in all the three areas. Besides in the Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan stretch there is sizable middle class population as well several small industries and warehouse. These factors make the three zones major trip attraction points. With a Mumbai metro line connecting this stretch, traffic condition will improve and improve connectivity for commuters.