High-speed Metro corridor connecting Mumbai airports will run 24/7

India’s first proposed high-speed Metro corridor between Mumbai International Airport and Navi Mumbai International Airport will also be the first Metro corridor that will be operational round the clock including night hours, making it India’s first Metro corridor to run round the clock on all 365 days.

MMRDA, that is executing the project has said that the high-speed Metro corridor will run round the clock on all days considering its purpose is to cater to flyers landing later at night and wanting to travel between Mumbai and Navi Mumbai to board connecting flights.

“The schedule for the Metro high-speed corridor connecting Mumbai and Navi Mumbai airport will be having Metro trains running even late in the night, considering it is a dedicated line for the airport.

“This particular Metro corridor also passes through many residential locations in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, which will also help flyers to reach their homes late in the night,” said a senior MMRDA official.

Currently, in case of the dedicated line of Delhi Airport Metro, the services run for almost 20 hours, with it having services between 4.45 am to 11.30 pm. The senior MMRDA official added, “ln case of Mumbai Airport Metro, we will have services operational even in the late night hours, however, the frequency will not be not equal to that of during the daytime.”

The dedicated Airport Metro corridor will also connect with Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 corridor and the Airport to Dahisar east Metro corridor.

To provide better connectivity to suburban rail commuters, the authorities have decided to link Metro-4 with Metro -3 at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus.

The partially underground extension of Metro 4 (Wadala-Thane-Kasarvadavali) from Wadala to the GPO in south Mumbai will be linked to Metro-3 (Colaba-Bandra-Seepz) corridor at the CSMT, senior officials from MMRDA confirmed.

The two Metro corridors will be linked underground at the CSMT Metro station being planned for Metro 3. While the extension of Metro 4 will cater to commuters from eastern suburbs, Metro 3 will help people commute from western suburbs to south Mumbai. The extension to the Metro 4 line will pass through the Mumbai Port Trust land on the eastern waterfront. Of the 9-km extension, 6 km on the southernmost part will be underground, officials said. The extension is being planned to provide connectivity up to south Mumbai via port land, which is going to be developed as a second Marine Drive by MbPT.

The port trust is also keen that the part that will go through their land be underground. The partly-underground extension will cost Rs.2,400 crore. “The detailed project report is in its final stages. Once the alignment is finalised, it will be presented to the executive committee and the cabinet for a final approval,” said UPS Madan, metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA. “This will be the second partially underground Metro for the city.”

The 5-km Metro corridor from Western Express Highway to the city airport, which will be built to connect Dahisar-Andheri Metro-7 and Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3, will be underground. Metro-3 is the only fully underground corridor.

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