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Your Mumbai commute is set to get smoother as Metro network takes shape, 2 lines approved

Your Mumbai commute is set to get smoother as Metro network takes shape, 2 lines approved

The cabinet approved the Swami Samarth Nagar-Jogeshwari-Kanjurmarg (Metro-6) corridor — the second connecting Mumbai’s east and west

The cabinet approved the Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan (Metro-5) corridor, which will be the first to connect growing urban centres in the MMR.

Your commute is about to get a lot smoother. The Maharashtra cabinet has approved the construction of two Metro corridors in the city on Tuesday, boosting the city’s poor east-west connectivity and inter-connectivity in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).

The cabinet approved the Swami Samarth Nagar-Jogeshwari-Kanjurmarg (Metro-6) corridor — the second connecting the city’s east and west, following the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar corridor (Metro-1). Most Metro lines proposed run along the city’s north-south axis.

With regard to roads, the city’s eastern and western suburbs are connected by the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR), the Santacruz-Chembur Link Road (SCLR) and the Andheri-Ghatkopar Link Road. At peak hours, there are massive traffic snarls on all three. According to the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA), the Metro-6 will run along the JVLR with 13 stations along the 14.5-km long route. It is expected to reduce pressure on local trains and cater to people travelling from the western suburbs to the east via Dadar. Officials expect a significant number of motorists to use this line, reducing traffic on the roads.

The line will also have interchanges with the Metro-2A (Dahisar-DN Nagar), Metro-4 (Wadala-Kasarvadavali) and Metro-7 (Andheri East-Dahisar East).

“Today, if a person has to travel from Lokhandwala to Vikhroli, he has to change lines at Dadar. The Metro-6 will provide hassle-free, single-line connectivity. This corridor has huge potential. We expect 6.5 lakh passengers in 2021,” said Pravin Darade, additional metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA.

The cabinet also approved the Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan (Metro-5) corridor, which will be the first to connect growing urban centres in the MMR. The 24-km-long Metro line will have 17 stations, expected to cater to 2.29 lakh passengers by 2021. With real estate prices skyrocketing in Mumbai and Thane, people have started shifting to far-flung areas in MMR, which necessitated the needed for connectivity to Mumbai. “We are also looking at extending the Metro-5 line till Wadala and then GPO in south Mumbai, which will boost travel from metropolitan regions to Mumbai,” Darade added.

Experts are, however, still sceptical about how this huge investment will fare. “These projects have come far too late. Not much thought has been given to how these lines will connect to other modes of transport. Just as Mumbai had a spurt of flyovers once, there are too many Metros,” said Sulakshana Mahajan, transport expert.

Source – Hindustan Times

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