Capital idea: Mumbai Metro to get help from Delhi


By Ketaki Ghoge, Hindustan Times

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), which built 193 km of metro tracks in the capital in record time, could be the answer to the Mumbai Metro’s woes.

DMRC was roped in by the state government in June to revise the master plan of the Mumbai Metro, prepared in 2004, and review detailed project reports (DPR) of three routes. It has now offered to execute one or two metro rail corridors, between 30 and 35 km long.

Mumbai’s first metro line, Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar, is the only one in operation. The MMRDA-promoted Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation is implementing the Colaba-SEEPZ line. DMRC has also promised to finalise DPRs for three other routes by September and submit feasibility reports on another three routes by August (see box). If MMRDA has its way, work on some of these routes may take off by the end of December.

“We want to prioritise around 138 km of metro network in the city. We roped in DMRC to learn from their experience and speed up the project. We want to start work on two or three corridors simultaneously. In the past 10 years only one metro corridor was completed by the previous government. That doesn’t work,” said a senior state secretariat official, who did not wish to be named. More info