In a presentation on infrastructure developments in Maharashtra: Vision 2025, UPS Madan, metropolitan commissioner of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), said the planning authority’s vision is to provide seamless connectivity in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), through a network of multimodal transport system, so that one can travel from one point to any other point within an hour by 2025.
A major component of this transport system is the Mumbai Metro project. In the coming years, MMRDA is looking at an investment of Rs1,28,000 crore for constructing 12 more Metro lines in the MMR. In its 2018-19 budget, MMRDA has allocated 40%, or Rs4,700 crore, of its Rs12,157-crore kitty for construction of seven upcoming Metro lines in Mumbai and its surrounding areas.
Easing the city’s south-north and east-west connectivity woes has been a long-awaited and ambitious dream, but inordinate delays have been synonymous with it. Mumbai’s suburban railway system is already running 2.5 times its capacity; the 2,000-km road network for private vehicles is proving to be insufficient for the large populace; and the BEST buses are no longer the most preferred mode of commute. Read More