On Sunday, October 8, the train service between MIDC and Vidyanagari metro station was completed, marking yet another key milestone for Mumbai Metro 3. During the journey, the train will travel a total of about 17 kilometres back to SEEPZ. Here are details about the first underground trial run of Mumbai Metro!
Mumbai Metro: Underground Trial Run Successful!
#Metro3 achieves yet another significant milestone. Train movement was successfully carried out today between #MIDC to #Vidyanagari metro station. The train will travel back to SEEPZ covering a total distance of around 17 km during the run. #Metro3Updates#MumbaiUnderground pic.twitter.com/2ponZDGsR1
— MumbaiMetro3 (@MumbaiMetro3) October 7, 2023
The 33.5km long underground Mumbai Metro Line 3, commonly known as the Mumbai Metro Aqua Line or the Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ Line, will feature 27 stations and run from Cuffe Parade to Aarey Colony.
Mumbai-Metro Line 3 is run by MMRC (Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited) and was declared a joint venture between the GOI (Government of India) and the GOM (Government of Maharashtra) with a 50-50 sharing arrangement. In 2018, the ₹23,136 crore building plan for the metro line was approved.
The concourses of the Mumbai Metro Line 3 stations are 10-14 metres below ground level, and the platforms are 18–20 metres below ground level. This makes it extremely difficult for commuters to have a cell network and internet connectivity.
For this reason, the MMRC has given ACES India Pvt Ltd a contract for In-Building Solutions to supply telecom infrastructure for Metro Line 3, or the subterranean metro line between Colaba and Bandra and Seepz and Aarey.
Installing Mobile Service Providers For Better Cellular Coverage
Mr Anil Kumar Lahoti Ex Chairman & CEO Railway Board, along with
Mr Naresh Lalvani GM Central Railway & other senior railway officers visited #Metro3 #Kalbadevi station this morning. Mr @SubodhGupta_ Dir, Projects MMRC briefed them about various aspects with regards to the… pic.twitter.com/TCxC4OdjDe
— MumbaiMetro3 (@MumbaiMetro3) October 5, 2023
MMRC intends to use in-building solutions to install cellular coverage from mobile service providers including Airtel, Jio, Vodafone, and MTNL. Within the tunnels and underground stations, antennas and repeaters will be installed.
By the beginning of 2024, Mumbai Metro Line 3 is anticipated to be finished. This project’s first phase will link all of Mumbai’s financial centres, including Colaba, Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), and Aarey. By June 2024, the second phase, which connects BKC and Cuffe Parade, will be completed. The Mumbai metro line 3 will get a total of 26 stations. The project was due to be completed in 2021. However, certain problems caused a delay.
As reported by Times Now, the managing director of MMRC (Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation) stated that “the first phase of the Mumbai Metro project is developing as anticipated and they are hoping that it would be operational by the end of this year.
Phase I commissioning is scheduled for December 2023, but it could be delayed until March 2024.
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