With expertise of close to 150 years in operating the famous London Tube, Transport for London (TFL) will be assisting in planning and construction of 150 km long Mumbai Metro rail network.
TFL has signed a MoU to this effect with Commissioner of Mumbai Metro Region Development Authority. The project is already underway and is expected to be completed by 2021. Scheduled to run across 150 kms around the city of Mumbai, the Metro has commenced with the first phase to connect Andheri, Versova and Ghatkopar and will be operational by the end of this year.
Earlier this month, at Versova metro Station, Prithviraj Chavan, Chief Minister of Maharashtra flagged off the trial run of Mumbai Metro. The average speed of Mumbai Metro will be 33 kmph and will have a top speed of 80 kmph. These will consist of 4 coaches that will be able to occupy 1100 passengers each while six coach rakes will be able to ferry 1,650 passengers each. The trains will have a black box as seen in airplanes which will come to the aid in case of accident while each of the trains will have LCD screens and 3D route maps to cater to demands of passengers.
Mumbai Metro will provide a much needed respite for daily commuters and will initially carry about 6 lakh commuters per day at very affordable fares. Travel time will be reduced from a current 90 minutes to about 20 minutes besides offering a host of travel conveniences.