Mumbai Metro Line 3: Phase I Set to Launch from Aarey to Bandra-Kurla Complex by July

Mumbai Metro Line 3

People of Mumbai, your day-to-day experiences and travel may soon be less stressful and more efficient! Come next July, one could possibly be riding the underground Metro train at Aarey and take a train and reach BKC. According to a report by the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL), the commercial launch of the first phase of Mumbai Metro Line 3 Aqua Line is on track to commence soon.


Ready for Action: These Dry Runs have been completed:

The MMRCL has already carried out all the relevant rehearsals for the new metro line that is as follows: These test runs are important to confirm the readiness of all the systems that will enable safe operations effortlessly. Pending some formality or some review or some audit work that needs to be completed, the metro agency is ready and willing and able to begin running more than 260 service programs with 19 metro trains. This can be considered as a major development towards improving the means of transport for the population of Mumbai.



A Long Journey: The history of Line 3

There are numbers of ventures, with Mumbai Metro Line 3 has encountered a lot of problems for long time. The project was first unveiled in January 2004 as a master plan intended by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) to bring comprehensive changes to the city; however, the plan went through multiple alterations and postponements. First, the plan envisaged the construction of a line of 20-kilometer distance from Colaba to Bandra. I had also the privilege of piloting this comprehensive change plan, although it was initially developed for a ten-point plan, and was later expanded appropriately to address 33. 5Km in length, from Navy Nagar in the south to Aarey Depot in the- north.

This is an important line that should be noted as it is the first fully underground metro line in Mumbai, with 27 sub-surface stations and one at-grade station. Its corporate goals include the reduction of traffic jam on the road and the lightening of the pressure on the Western Line between Bandra and Churchgate.



Overcoming Challenges: Environmental and Financial Hurdles

Environmental and financial barriers are critical challenges in implementing public policies as they have an immense influence over fiscal performances. Although Line 3 was constructed in Bogota, there were some challenges that were experienced. People raised their voice against the tree cutting incidents and several Public Interest Litigations (PILs) were filed to prevent tree cutting especially in the area of Aarey where they were against the construction of a car shed. Nevertheless, a similarly-worded protest was filed with the Supreme Court of India and the Bombay High Court and, although both of these courts also affirmed a belief in the utility of the metro project, they also gave sanction to go ahead.

Another issue that made the project challenging was finance. The up gradient total cost is envisioned to stretch up to ₹15,000 crore (US$1. 8 billion) while the down gradient total cost is set at ₹15,000 crore (US$1. 8 billion). Funding for the project is being provided from_LOGGER_ local governments, MMRCL and MMRDA, CREC, Padeco, and substantial amount of soft loan from JICA. Through this funding approach, it has been possible to overcome the financial challenges as highlighted here in the following;:


Engineering Marvel: Bridging the Mithi River: A construction of tunnels underneath the river

The major part of Line 3 consists of several structures where one of the complex structures is a 170-meter long twin-tunnel at Mithi river between the stations, Bandra Kurla Complex and Dharavi. This tunnel was completed in March 2020, and the city is home to only the second under-river metro rail tunnel in India after the Hooghly River for Kolkata’s Metro Line 2.



The Road Ahead: Future Plans and Extensions

The major next agenda, in the near future, should be to focus on extending this study from individual firms, as shown in this paper, to a macro-level study, where the analysis would encompass a comprehensive survey of all firms in a given industry or economy.

For the future of Line 3, the MMRCL has laid down several developments that would wish to see happen. Later in March 2022, the government of Maharashtra proposed the expansion of the line heading further south to Cuffe Parade and include Navy Nagar station. This extension, spanning 2. 5 km long, is expected to set back an extra ₹ 2,301 crores (US $ 290 million). The MMRCL has already invited bids for detailed project reports for this extension and therefore, the authority is active in its attempts to expand the scope of the metro network.



The Development of Integrated Public Transport System in Mumbai

This development of the Phase I of the Mumbai Metro Line 3 under construction is new chapter in Mumbai’s transportation map. Having put in its words such as ‘time saver’, less traffic jam, access to important areas including international airport this metro is capable of changing the face of many commuters in Mumbai. Though we are still waiting for the final signal to be given for this vital addition to the infrastructure of Mumbai, the excitement and the eagerness to see the work commence have not dwindled.

Therefore, the proposed Mumbai Metro Line 3 is likely to provide tangible benefits and therefore enhance the overall transport system in the city. This section delves deep into the histories of the project looking at the various environmental and financial hurdles that had to be overcome and seeing how they hold up to the engineering triumphs of the project. By July, one can envision a shift towards a more connected Mumbais ‘ probably the beginning of a more efficient commute strategy.


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