Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Mumbai Metro One - Patronage questionable

Even before the start of the prestigous new infrastructure facility in the Mumbai suburban area - the Mumbai Metro One Project (Link 1 from Versova to Ghatkopar) - it seems the forecasted ridership/ patronage is under question.

This is because of the MMRDA's last minute planning with the Traffic Department over the issues of traffic jams on the Andheri Kurla Raod - which is expected once the metro is up and running. The Traffic Department has long tried to pull attention to the fact, that given the spacing of stations on the metro line (every 1 km) and naroow stretch of roads, it is expected that commuter traffic plying into and out of the metro will cause a huge traffic problem on the main road as well as artillery roads. Imagine a huge rush of autorickshaws which will line up in all directions from these metro stations. 

MMRDA's solution to this problem is to keep some sort of a control over the autorickshaws and to make them end/ start off from artillery roads, instead of from the Andheri Kurla road. While this may solve the traffic problem, the thing to be noted here is that the same then would not be comfortable to commuters. Say for example, if I have to travel from Powai to Andheri, I will have to go over the artillery road of Andheri Saki Vihar to reach the Saki Naka station of metro. This 3 km journey itself will take me a hell lot of time, given the rush of traffic on the artillery road. Instead of that a direct autorickshaw/ bus from Powai to Andheri via SEEPZ makes a lot more sense - both in terms of money as well as time.

To my knowledge the best utility of the metro is to those people who need to travel farther from Andheri (on the western line) and Ghatkopar (on the central line) via the Suburban Railways (i.e. Mumbai Locals).

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