PM Modi will inaugurate two new rail lines in Mumbai

The Mumbai Metro Rail Lines 2A and 7 will be officially inaugrated on Thursday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In addition to easing traffic in India’s financial capital, the recently launched portions are also anticipated to shorten travel times within the city. The Prime Minister also laid the cornerstone for these lines’ construction in 2015; it cost about Rs 12,600 crore.

According to official records, the Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML), a public sector enterprise of the Union Government, won a contract of Rs 3,015 crore for the Mumbai Metro Corridor in 2018.

The contract was for 378 metro cars for Mumbai Metro Corridors 2A, 2B, and 7 (63 metro trains of 6 cars each). While line 2B, which has not yet begun, runs from DN Nagar to Mankhurd through Bandra, line 2A connects Dahisar to DN Nagar. From Dahisar to Andheri, Metro line 7 runs (east).

In accordance with the “Make in India” movement, the BEML is providing the Metro rakes. The locally constructed Metro coaches have autonomous features and are completely air conditioned. Bicycles can be transported inside the coaches by commuters as well. These are environmentally friendly, have regenerative braking, can accommodate 300 passengers per coach, and have CCTV surveillance for the safety of the passengers.

A state-of-the-art Metro coach, the first Metro coach produced under Make in India, was officially opened by Modi in September 2019. From Dahisar to D N Nagar, Metro Line 2A is an elevated line 18.6 kilometres long with 17 stations. According to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, it connects Western, Central, and Northern suburban Mumbai and decreases existing travel times by anywhere between 50% and 75% depending on road conditions (MMRDA).

This line will aid in reducing traffic on one of Mumbai’s busiest thoroughfares, the New Link Road, which runs from Dahisar (E) to DN Nagar. Additionally, it would enable fast and smooth connections with the MRT and suburban rail systems at Dahisar and D N Nagar.

It connects to Metro Lines 1 (Ghatkopar to Versova), 2B (D N Nagar to Mandale), 7, and 6 (Andheri (E) to Dahisar (E)) (Swami Samarth Nagar to Vikhroli). The final cost of this project was Rs. 6,410 crore.

The 16.5-km elevated Metro Line 7 line connects Andheri (E) and Dahisar (E) and has 13 stations. The project’s final price was Rs 6,208 crore. The 10.7-km first phase, between Dahisar and Aarey with nine stations, started in April 2022. The balance four stations in 5.8 km will start operations from Friday.