Mumbai: A year after the Metro I was opened for commuters, Ghatkopar has emerged as the busiest station on the 11.4km Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar corridor with around 41 lakh footfall/month, followed by Andheri with 31 lakh footfalls.
Ghatkopar and Andheri Metro stations provide interconnectivity with Central Railway and Western Railway suburban networks respectively. “As a norm, the originating station has the highest footfall. Ghatkopar will top the list as it is interlinks with CR suburban services,” said official of Mumbai Metro One Private Ltd.
Sakinaka and Marol stations were third and fourth on the list with monthly footfalls of 14 lakh and 10 lakh respectively. Both these locations are home to many business houses.
In the pre-Mumbai Metro days, BEST bus number 340, which plies between Ghatkopar station (W) and Andheri station (E) was the most profitable route. But after Metro I was opened on June 8, 2014, most bus commuters changed loyalties. BEST bus no 340 is no longer profitable though it recouped some of the losses after Metro fares were revised in October 2014.
CR, too, attributed loss of passengers to Mumbai Metro. “In 2013, 45,000 season tickets were sold a day. Now, 42,000 are sold a day as people prefer travelling by the Metro or the Eastern Freeway,” said a CR official.
“Earlier, I used to travel to Sakinaka by BEST bus 332. Now, I board a train to Ghatkopar and then take the Metro, which is quicker and more comfortable,” said Ajay Shahu, who lives in Kurla. Rahi Jadhav from Vikhroli said, “I used to take an auto to Marol, which cost around Rs 300 (both ways) a day. The Metro is cheaper for me.”