State to broker peace in rail row


By Ashley D’Mello

MUMBAI: The state government wants the third Metro line ( Colaba-Bandra route)) to complement Western Railway’s (WR) elevated corridor between Virar and Churchgate.

There has been a war of nerves between the centrally-controlled WR and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) which is implementing the Mumbai Metro project. The latest flare up is over the report submitted by the MMRDA’s technical committee to the urban development department favouring the termination of the WR’s Virar-Churchgate route at Mahalaxmi. The committee has suggested that WR commuters can use the underground Metro line to get to Colaba from Mahalaxmi. The state is now trying to broker peace between WR and the MMRDA.

Government officials said the committee’s report should not be seen in a negative light. “If the new railway line is allowed to go underground up to Oval Maidan as planned by WR, it might give rise to complications as underground station needs space and approach roads,” said an official. Sources said that committee’s report is still to be approved by the CM. Prithviraj Chavan.

Sources said There is a feeling in government circles that both Metro and Virar-Churchgate corridor are viable if they complement each other. More info on


  1. i am trying to search for a timetable that will allow me to plan approximate travel times between stations and i cannot find anything. I have used the site search with no results? do you have such a timetable and can you publish it

      • Not everyone has a smart phone to support apps. Don’t be so narrow minded.
        This is why the UAE will always be behind the western world. Taking to many shortcuts and assumptions without actually using their brain.

  2. The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board and Executive
    Director of the RTA, said in this regard: “Dubai Metro will be operated during
    weekdays from Saturday to Wednesday from 06:00 am to 12:00 am (midnight). On
    Thursday the service will start from 06:00 am and continue up to 01:00 am
    (after midnight), and on Friday the metro operation time will start at 01:00 pm
    (at noon) and continue running up to 01:00 am (after midnight). “The decision
    to extend the metro operational hours is synchronized with RTA preparations for
    the launch of the metro Green Line on 09/09/2011 as this line will serve vital
    areas with high population density and malls visited by citizens, residents and

  3. Such as shame the lines only open at 6am, not soon enough for those who need to get to work early.
    Wish there was a separate carriage to force Indians only on, they are so rude and have such impatience getting on the train before passengers disembark first. Feel like hitting them in the face.