Global standard passenger facilities on the anvil
Mumbai, April 25, 2010 – The soon to be launched Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar metro corridor is all set to captivate Mumbaikars with the latest and best facilities to make their commuting experience that much more safe, comfortable and enjoyable.
Each metro station will have a concourse level and a platform level. The concourse level is where the automatic fare collection counters will be situated. The automatic fare collection systems will ensure far quicker and convenient dispersion of tickets thereby making the serpentine queues a thing of the past. The commuters will have to pass through the concourse level to get access to the platform level to board the metro train.
Keeping in view the risks that commuters take while traveling today, safety of the passengers will be afforded paramount importance. While the metro trains will remain stationed until all doors are shut, the designs have assured that there will be no gap left between the train and the platform thereby eradicating the remotest possibility of an untoward incident while boarding and alighting from the train. Additionally the coaches will have a reserved area for the physically challenged people.
The stations will be manned by a central surveillance system which is connected to a security control room to track every movement at the stations round-the-clock. The coaches will have CC TV cameras installed inside as well to keep a tight vigil on the minute-by-minute proceedings. The stations will be equipped with elevators for easy access, especially for the physically challenged.
“The metro rail will bring a paradigm shift in the way people commute. It will go a long way in ensuring safe and comfortable journey for the commuters”, said Mr. SVR Srinivas, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA.
The initial phase will have 4 coaches. Each coach will have a minimum seating capacity of 50 passengers and approximately 325 standees which sums up to nearly 1,500 passengers per train. Other facilities include passenger information systems and digital route map for the convenience of the commuters.
The Rs. 2356 crore Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar metro corridor covering a distance of 11.5 km – which is running ahead of schedule – is expected to be complete soon. The corridor will have 12 stations, namely; Versova, D.N. Nagar, Azad Nagar, Andheri, Western Express Highway, Chakala, Airport Road, Marol Naka, Sakinaka, Subhash Nagar, Asalpha Road and Ghatkopar. The travel time of approximately 75 minutes from Versova to Ghatkopar is expected to be reduced to just 20 minutes once the corridor is commissioned. The stations – which will be completely air conditioned – will be given a contemporary aesthetic and pleasant look with a modern fee.