A new traffic study is now forcing Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL) to take mitigating measures to ensure that commuters do not travel like sardines packed in a tin in Mumbai’s first metro train from Versova to Ghatkopar.
A new traffic survey commissioned by MMOPL and undertaken by a Hong Kong based consultant, MVA Systra, shows that traffic projections made for the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar (VAG) corridor were off the mark. The number of people travelling on the route is more than what was earlier expected.
In an earlier survey conducted by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation for Mumbai, it had been projected that in 2031 the number of daily passengers would be 8.82 lakh but the new survey has shown that it could be as high as 15 lakh.
“Metro will trigger steep increase in ridership in the first few years as realignment of traffic will happen. This will ensure that all the trains in operation will get occupied immediately,” MVA Systra said in its report.
As per the earlier estimates, the metro would have a ridership of 6.8 lakh commuters in 2015. The new report says that it could be over 7.2 lakh. In 2021 the number is expected to be 10 lakh as against the earlier estimate of 6.8 lakh.
An alarmed MMOPL has now written to the nodal agency Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) asking for permission to buy 44 more coaches (rakes) to ensure that the trains do not get crowded. More info