Delhi Metro to help fast-track Mumbai corridor project
As Mumbai grapples with its archaic suburban rail system, the Delhi Metro has extended a helping hand to lay out a network of spanking new Metro rail across the city.
As its own Phase III project nears completion, the DMRC, with its expertise of constructing and operating the countrys biggest Metro network, has fanned out across cities to assist and execute projects, and has a few international projects in its kitty too.
We are helping in the execution of detailed project reports (DPRs) for Hyderabad Metro Phase II, Jaipur Metros Phase I(b) and a number of corridors for Mumbai. From a high-speed corridor connecting the new airport in Navi Mumbai to the existing Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport; from a 33-km line from Dahisar to DN Nagar, we are working on projects that will change the face of Mumbai, Mangu Singh, managing director, DMRC, told MAIL TODAY.
We have deployed a project director, four chief project managers and a number of officials to facilitate drafting of DPRs and also execution of corridors. Work is now visible on some of the stretches in Mumbai. And the way Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority and the project owner is keen on setting up a strong network issues like land acquisition and traffic management should not be stumbling blocks.
The Delhi Metro has already submitted DPRs for the extension of Mumbai Metro Line 7 from Dahisar (E) to Mira- Bhayander (10.406 km); and from Andheri (E) to CSIA (3.175 km); and Line 4 from Wadala to GPO; and Kasarwadavli to Gaimukh. Project reports for extension of Line 5 from Kalyan to Taloja (25 kms) and North West extension of Line 4 from Gaimukh to Shivaji Chowk (11 Kms) are underway.
The MMRDA has entrusted the work of updating and preparing DPRs for 118 kms of Metro network to DMRC, of which 91 km have already been covered and work on the balance length of 27 km is in progress.
As Metro projects come up across the country, senior officials from Delhi Metro are either sent on deputation or have chosen to join the new corporations set up to execute the projects.
We are liberal about officials leaving DMRC to join other Metro organisations in the country. Once our staff has the expertise, and it is a positive thing, they would go on to contribute to upcoming Metro projects. Some of our officials are at the helm of affairs in Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Nagpur, Mumbai, Kochi to name a few, Singh added.
On the international front, DMRC has completed special assistance on project implementation study for the Jakarta Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system in Indonesia.
It is also acting as a project consultant for Dhaka Metro, where it is helping in the training, transport network planning, and framing operation for Dhaka MRT-6 project.