Mumbai Metro | Somaiya asks MMRDA and Reliance to increase number of coaches on Metro 1

BJP MP of Mumbai Kirit Somaiya writes a letter to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to increase the number of coaches from four to six

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Mumbai Metro with four coaches
Mumbai Metro with four coaches

Mumbai: A letter has been written to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who also heads Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) by Kirit Somaiya, BJP MP of Mumbai to increase the number of coaches from four to six for convenience of passengers  of Metro 1 which operates from Versova to Andheri-Ghatkopar (VAG) corridor it’s the city’s only operational Mumbai Metro One route.

Line 1 started operations on 8 June 2014. It has the eighth highest passenger density of any metro line and as said Mumbai is the city which never sleeps works at the best, metro starts at it usual time The 1st train leaves from Versova at 05:20 hrs and Ghatkopar at 05:29 hrs. The last train from Versova will leave at 11:20 hrs. The last train from Ghatkopar will leave at 11:46 hrs.

Rush in Mumbai Metro after Mumbai Local
Rush in Mumbai Metro after Mumbai Local

In 2018 Metro 1 has touched 4 lakh passengers daily, it easily carries more than 3.40 lakh passengers daily on weekdays and ridership is lower during weekends. Mumbai Metro 1 is operated under Reliance Infrastructure-led Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL).

It’s been noticed that commuters have been demanding to increase the number of coaches. The year 2017-18 there is a growth of 13 percent in the ridership in the metro 1 corridor as compared to the last year ridership.

“There is a need to convert four car rake into six car rake, which will help to increase passenger carrying capacity from 1,178 to 1,792 passengers per train citing it’s overcrowded and needs more trains or extra coaches.” Kirit Somaiya in a letter to MMRDA wrote that.

 “There is a need to convert four car rake into six car rake, which will help to increase passenger carrying capacity from 1,178 to 1,792 passengers per train citing it’s overcrowded and needs more trains or extra coaches.” Kirit Somaiya in a letter to MMRDA wrote that.

In a typical weekday Metro 1 carries out 378 trips, as the ridership is increasing the MMOPL has maintained to increase the number of trips and it would initiate procuring for new coaches or trains as soon as the need will be there.

The MMRDA that also has stakes in Metro-1 and being a stakeholder they said that they will check on the feasibility of adding more coaches.

“We will check for feasibility in order to add more number of coaches, and an appropriate decision will be taken, accordingly.” Said by Dilip Kawathkar, spokesperson of MMRDA

“We will check for feasibility in order to add more number of coaches, and an appropriate decision will be taken, accordingly.” Said by Dilip Kawathkar, spokesperson of MMRDA

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