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MMRDA initiates a new transport plan for easy transfer from other modes to metro

Mumbai Metro Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) is initiating a study for seamless transfer from other modes of transport to the metro stations. The study is called as ‘Multi modal integration planning’ at metro stations of metro line 2A and 7.

MMRDA is likely to float tenders by July 15 to appoint project management consultants for conducting the study.

The study will be conducted on each stations planned on Dahisar east- DN Nagar 2A metro corridor and Andheri east-Dahisar east 7 metro corridor.

The total stations on both the metro corridors comes to 30 stations, with 17 stations for metro 2A corridor and 14 stations for metro 7 corridor and Dahisar being the common station for both the metro corridors.

The period for conducting the study will be nine months. The modes of transport like buses, autos, private car and suburban stations will be assessed to ensure how a person can reach a particular metro station.

The total number of stations being 30 on both the metro corridors, the study will be divided into three sections, and three consultants will be appointed to conduct the study on 10 metro stations each.

The study demands the need to gather inputs for station accessibility plan. A total of 500 meters radius would be taken into consideration to study the aspect of station accessibility plan.

“The consultant will have to ensure proper positioning of auto stands, bus stands, private parking at metro stations in a way that the accessibility is improved without hampering the existing traffic flowing below the metro station,” said an MMRDA official.

The second aspect in the study is to gather inputs for feeder network plan. A total of 1.5km radius would be taken into consideration to study this aspect.

“The study will be conducted on accessibility options for the commuters or riders to commute to and fro from the metro stations,” said an MMRDA official.

The number of commuters coming from different locality like high density and slum pocket areas would be calculated under this study.

Based on the results of the study, a mode of transport will be provided at a particular metro station.

For example, a normal auto stand can be provided to commuters at DN Nagar station whereas, a share auto can be provided to commuters at Pathanwadi station.

“The consultants will also study on the need for affordable mode of transport like mini buses for a person coming from Dharavi area,” added an MMRDA official.

MMRDA will also be initiating a study on aesthetically designing the under station area. The need for street furniture amenities like street lights, plantations and fountains to beautify the place will be covered under this study.

The need to construct toilet facilities, seating arrangements, ATM’s, drop boxes and shops will also be covered under this study.

“The area below the metro stations needs to be illuminated. Usually there are only piers or columns below a metro station, which does not look attractive to commuters. Things like drop boxes and ATMS will be provided if there is a residential area nearby a metro station,” added an MMRDA official.

Once the consultants finalize the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the study, the civil contractors will be awarded by MMRDA to construct bus stops, footpaths, auto stands or taxi stands if needed at a particular metro station.

Salient features of the project

The length of Dahisar east – DN Nagar 2A metro corridor is 18 km
Estimated daily ridership of 2A metro corridor for the year 2021 is 4.07 lakh, and for the year 2031 is 6.07 lakh.
The length of Andheri east-Dahisar east 7 metro corridor is 16 km
Estimated daily ridership of 7 metro corridor for the year 2021 is 5.29 lakh, and for the year 2031 is 6.67 lakh.

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