PART II: THE RAIL CONNECTION : UPGRADES IN THE INFRASTRUCTURE

INTRODUCTION

In continuation to MUMBAI 2.0 – UPGRADES IN THE INFRASTRUCTURE, in this part, we will be talking about the contribution of Mumbai Suburban Railways to the infra growth. Spread over 465 kilometers, the suburban railway operates 2342 train services, carrying more than 7.5 million commuters daily. Since its inception, the railway is playing a key role in the overall infrastructure growth. The rail connectivity, in a lot of ways, has positive effects on all the factors, such as employment, housing, healthcare, and transport.

THE MUMBAI LOCAL

The Mumbai Locals are known for their efficiency and frequency. In western suburbs, traditionally, Virar railway station has always been crowded. As the development moved beyond Dahisar, especially, in the areas like Bhayander, Vasai and Nalla Sopara, the suburban trains to and from Virar got crowded. In the passage of time, this development moved beyond Virar, covering areas like Palghar, Boisar and Dahanu. Today, these suburban railway stations have become functional and thus, contribute to the real estate in these areas.

Now, the newly introduced AC rakes have added convenience to this commute. The first AC local was operational between Borivali to Churchgate on December 25th, 2017 on the Western line. And since, then the journey has been exciting and interesting. In the first five months of its journey, the AC local train had crossed 10-lakh passenger mark. The rail authorities are very much excited by this growth and will be adding nine more AC locals by March 2019.

As we are talking about the AC locals in Mumbai, the authorities are expected to procure three more AC rakes by December 2018. It is expected that these locals will operate on both the western and central lines.

THE MUMBAI METRO 

Apart from its existing robust rail route and road connectivity, Mumbai has now added Metro and Monorail connectivity to its crown.

Line 1 of Mumbai Metro consists of 12 stations from Versova to Ghatkopar and connects both eastern and western Mumbai suburbs. The other upcoming projects include, the Mumbai Metro Line 2A(Dahisar – D.N. Nagar), the Mumbai Metro Line 2B(D.N. Nagar – Mandale), Mumbai Metro Line 4(Wadala – Kasarvadavali), Mumbai Metro Line 7(Andheri East – Dahisar East), and the much awaited high speed bullet train corridor that shall start from Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai and end near Sabarmati Railway Station in Ahmedabad. The line is expected to be completed in 2019.

Apart from Line 1 and Line 2, there are three more upcoming lines of Mumbai Metro. The Line 3, 5 and 9. The Line 3 is also known as Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Line and construction work has already started. When completed, this will be the first underground metro line in Mumbai.

Line 5, also known as Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan Corridor, will have 17 stations and it will be totally an elevated corridor. The project work is expected to be completed by 2021-22.

Line 9 will cover the areas of Dahisar-Mira-Bhayander. This fully elevated line will have 11 stations and is expected to have 2-lakh commuters per day.

On the other hand, The Phase-I of the Mumbai Monorail runs between Chembur and Wadala while in Phase-II, the route has been extended to Jacob Circle. The line passes through the congested residential and commercial hubs of Dadar and Parel and is expected to decongest local railway network that runs on the similar route. Wadala- GTB Nagar- Antop Hill- Acharya Atre Nagar- Wadala Bridge- Dadar East- Naigaon- Ambedkar Nagar- Mint Colony- Lower Parel- Chinchpokli- Jacob Circle are the stations along Phase II route.

The second phase is expected to be functional from March 2019. At present, there are three functional trains and one is on stand-by for an emergency. The authorities are expected to have seven functional trains by March 2019 to initiate the second phase.

THE POSITIVE INFLUENCE

Here’s how this infrastructure development will have positive influence on your overall lifestyle.

  1. Better Standard of Commute
  2. Easy Connectivity  
  3. Growth of residential spaces in suburban areas

If you are looking to buy a new house, you might want to take note of these factors while evaluating your options.

 

(SOURCES: DNA India, Free press journal, WIKIPEDIA)

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