Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation will begin construction on the 33 km first underground Metro line in the city by March 2016. The company, owned by the government of India and government of Maharashtra, is aiming to finalise EPC contractors for the more than Rs 23,000-crore project by the end of 2015.
This is the second leg of the Mumbai Metro, which will run from Colaba in south Mumbai to SEEPZ in the north. The line with 27 stations is slated to connect business centres such as Cuffe Parade, Nariman Point, Fort, Girgaon, BKC, Mumbai airport, MIDC, SEEPZ as well as areas currently not served by existing mass transit systems such as Worli, Prabhadevi and Kalina.
Aiming for operations in 2019, the Metro is expected to cut travel time between Cuffe Parade and the airport to 50 minutes, which is currently close to two hours by car and more than an hour by suburban trains. The project is also expected to reduce traffic congestion by 35% with 456,771 less vehicle trips per day. It will cut fuel consumption by 243,390 litres a day apart from significant reduction in air pollution.
The company has shortlisted nine consortia including AFCONS Infrastructure, Tata Projects, IL&FS Engineering and Construction, J Kumar Infraprojects, Larsen & Toubro.