By Naveen GoyalThe first metro in India will not be ready till the middle of 2021, and a year from then it will take a while to be able to get out of the city, said Raghavan Bhatia, a senior analyst at consultancy firm Wipro.
“You will have to wait a year before you get your first metro,” he said.
“It will be around 2020 or 2021.”
If all goes well, the first metro will be ready for operation in 2021, with the city expecting to reach its population of 4.9 crore by 2024.
The Metro Rail Corporation (MRCC), the agency that runs the project, has said that the new metro will operate on a hybrid model.
The metro will not operate on lines, but rather on “rail” tracks that are part of the rail network.
Transport Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that it will be able “to operate in urban areas” by 2025, and that there will be a dedicated metro system for the capital city of Mumbai.
While the new subway will not have dedicated stops, the trains will be equipped with special stations for people with disabilities and other passengers.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has said the metro will have dedicated stations for those who have disabilities and people who are not able to stand.
“It will not only be a metro, it will also be a rail network with dedicated stations,” he had said in May.
Bhatia said that if all goes right, the metro could be ready in 2021.
There have been a number of glitches during the construction of the metro, but Prabhish said that this will not happen again.
As per the guidelines, there will not just be new metro lines, there would also be special stations where people with physical disabilities can be accommodated, he added.
A key part of Metro Rail is that there would be a special train for the city.
The project is expected to cost Rs 50,000 crore, and the first phase is expected start in 2021 and end in 2023.
If it is successful, it is expected that there could be more than 10 million passengers a day.
Mumbai has a population of more than 11 crore.