Metro family in India is on expansion in last 30 days with the opening of new system (Kochi Metro - 25 kms), and extension of network by 3 metro system Delhi Metro (4.2 kms), Chennai Metro (7.4 Kms) and Bangalore (12 Kms). This clearly shows that Government of India is keen to expand metro network in Indian cities. The increase in public transport facility will help the cities to reduce congestion and air pollution. In the second part fo the year, it is expected that two new system - Hyderabad Metro and Lucknow Metro will be operational. This will lead to 10 operational metro systems in India.
DELHI METRO OPENED NEW HERITAGE LINE
Delhi Metro added another 4.2 kms to its existing network by opening of 4 stations (underground) on its violet line. The new extended line will directly connect purple line with red and yellow line. New extended line goes through the heritage area of Delhi. Thus, Delhi Metro has designed these stations in accordance with the heritage of the area to provide glimpses of its rich past and vibrant present. Delhi Metro has also installed new fare collection gates called "Dream Gates" at two metro stations - Lal Quila and Jama Masjid. The gates have QR code scanner and will allow passenger to use smart phone application like Paytm to entry/exit from the desired station.
CHENNAI METRO FLAGGED OFF UNDERGROUND LINE
Chennai Metro became fourth metro system in India to have underground line after Kolkata, Delhi and Bangalore. The new line of 7.4 kms was inaugurated on 14 June 2017. The underground stretch is part of first phase of the project and will serve more than 20,000 passengers / daily. It is expected that all stages of the first phase will be started by 2018.
BANGALORE METRO COMPLETED THE PHASE-I
Bangalore Metro inaugurated the remaining part of Green Line on 17 June 2017 by launching service on 12 km stretch. After the expansion, Namma (Bangalore) Metro has completed all lines in Phase-1 (42 kms) and also connect both the line at Kempegowda-Majestic Interchange. Currently, the system is carrying around 300,000 commuters daily and expected to reach to 500,000 commuters soon. Bangalore Metro faced lots of challenges in the land acquisition and tunneling through mixed soil conditions.
kOCHI METRO STARTED IT JOURNEY
Kochi Metro is the latest entrant to the list of metro network in India and was inaugurated on 17 June 2017. Kochi Metro has a network of 25 kms covering 22 stations, and is one of the cheapest (cost of US$ 31 million per km) and the fastest commissioning (2013-2017). The metro launched the commercial operation on 19 June 2017 and recorded more than 63,000 commuters on the first day. Kochi Metro is working on the integration of different modes including water taxi, public and private buses and auto-rickshaw. Further, Kochi Metro has installed solar panels on 11 stations to use clean energy.
It is good to see that the metro network in India is expanding. However, in a recent interview with Business Standard, Shri Mangu Singh, Managing Director, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation highlighted the importance of self-sustainability. It is important to have fare revision mechanism in place and adopt new technologies to reduce the operation cost.
(Read full article - PUBLIC TRANSPORT SYSTEM SHOULD BE SELF-SUSTAINABLE - DELHI METRO RAIL CORPORATION)