Mumbai Metro off to a blazing start, 2.5l commuters on Day 1: Online bookings, video, much more
Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Prithviraj Chavan has declared open Mumbai’s first metro line. The CM also took the first ride from Versova Station to Ghatkopar. Reliance Chairman Anil Ambani and Tina Ambani were also in attendance as the metro, bedecked with flowers took its maiden journey. State Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar along with local MPs Kirit Somaiya, Poonam Mahajan and Gajanan Kirtikar were also present at the launch.
However, this inauguration was not without its share of controversy as the inauguration was nearly boycotted as Reliance Infrastructure decided to increase fares. Fares were initially pegged at a concession from INR 9 to INR 13, while Reliance Infra decided to up prices from INR 10 to INR 50 under the Metro Act. It was only on assurances by the Mumbai Metro One Private Ltd to introduce a promotional fare of INR 10 for the first month that the Chief Minister finally decided to attend the inauguration. The matter on fares is still pending in court with final verdict to be declared on Monday.
With the introduction of the Mumbai Metro, Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar corridor which extends over a stretch of 11.40 kms will see a cut in travel time by one hour. With this new launch Mumbai is now the fourth city in India along with Kolkata, Delhi and Bangalore to have metro rail operations. This metro service, though delayed by more than three years, will bring in relief to the local train service in Mumbai which is used by over 70 lakh commuters per day.
The metro project was conceptualized in 2006 but came up against many challenges and opposition due to the fact that it was an elevated corridor. The service will operate 200-250 services per day and will ferry around 11 lakh passengers with each coach occupying 375 passengers. Delay and opposition apart, the metro service has finally been launched which will bring much relief to the over populated city.
For a better understanding of Mumbai Metro, watch the video below.
For more information, bookings, timings, etc, visit official website.