MUMBAI (Metro Rail & Steel): Mumbai’s skyline is set for a transformative shift with a metro-building spree currently underway. The city’s ambitious plans encompass a staggering 330 kilometers across 14 metro lines, a significant stride in enhancing its public transportation network. Presently, 46 kilometers spanning three lines are fully operational, marking a crucial milestone in Mumbai’s metro evolution.
Under the aegis of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (MMRCL), construction is fervently underway for an additional 150 kilometers spread across nine lines. The MMRCL, focusing primarily on underground lines, is actively engaged in the development of two underground lines while partially underground work is underway for two more.
While several lines extend into the burgeoning suburbs of north, north-east Mumbai, and Navi Mumbai, a strategic focus on enhancing capacity in south and central Mumbai is evident. These new lines will complement the existing three heavily congested suburban railway corridors, catering to the escalating commuter demand. Beyond the 14 planned lines, Navi Mumbai is witnessing the initiation of four metro lines, initially under the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), soon to be transitioned to the Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Ltd. (Maha Metro).
A significant highlight is Line 3, popularly known as the Aqua Line, connecting Colaba to Aarey. This line, over 90 percent complete, is witnessing ongoing trials along the Aarey to Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) stretch. The inauguration of this segment is expected in early 2024, with the entire line anticipated to be operational by the year-end 2024.