Mumbai Metro One’s 11.4 Km Versova – Andheri – Ghatkopar (VAG) Metro corridor is Mumbai’s first Metro Rail Network. Mumbai Metro from Versowa to Ghatkopar was inaugurated on 8 June, 2014.
Till 30 September, 2014, Mumbai Metro ticket fare is Rs 10 and Rs 20 (Rs 15 for Smartcards holders).
Stations on Versova Andheri Ghatkopar Mumbai Metro Rail Line
The 12 Metro stations on the Versowa – Andheri – Ghatkopar Mumbai Metro Line 1 are as follows:
|NO.||MUMBAI METRO ONE STATION||AREAS COVERED BY MUMBAI METRO STATION|
|1||Versova (Start/End)||Yari Road, 7 Bungalows, Versova, Goraipada, Model Town, Ratan Kunj, Mudaran Press Colony, SV Patel Nagar|
|2||D.N. Nagar (Intesection)||Lokhandwala, 4 Bungalows, Andheri West RTO, Mhada, Manish Nagar, Shitladevi Chawl,|
|3||Azad Nagar||Link Road, Fame Adlabs, Munshi Nagar, Veera Desai Road, Bhavan’s College, Bhardawadi, Navrang Cinema, Dattaguru Nagar|
|4||Andheri||SV Road, Mathuradas Road, JP Road, Vile Parle, Jogeshwari, Western and Harbour Lines at Andheri Station, Gaothan|
|5||Western Express Highway||Makakali Caves Road, Cardinal Gracias Road, Suren Road, Sahar Road, Mota Nagar, Bima Nagar, Parsi Colony|
|6||Chakala||Guru Har Govindji Road, JB Nagar, Cross Road B, Mulgaon, SEEPZ, Andheri MIDC|
|7||Airport Road||Marol, Pipeline Road, Greater Indira Nagar, Maheshwari Nagar, Saifee Park Colony, George Nagar, Ashok Nagar|
|8||Marol Naka||Makwana Road, Gohar HM Road, Marol Maroshi Road, Chimatpada, Gamdevi,|
|9||Saki Naka||Pipeline Road, 90 Feet Road, Saki Vihar Road, Nair Wadi, Sag Baug|
|10||Asalpha (Subhash Nagar)||Asalpha, Subash Nagar, Maneklal Estate, Bhatwadai, Narayan Nagar, Chirag Nagar|
|11||Jagruti Nagar||RB Kadam Road, Jai Hanuman Society, RM Joshi Marg, Sarvodaya, Jagdusha Nagar, Amrut Nagar|
|12||Ghatkopar (Start/End)||Ghatkopar, Vidyavihar, Pant Nagar, Sai Baba Nagar, Naidu Colony, Anjaria Wadi|
Map of the Versowa – Andheri – Ghatkopar Metro Rail Network
Latest Ticket Fare For Mumbai Metro (Versova – Ghatkopar)
Mumbai Metro single journey ticket price is Rs 10 and Rs 20 until 30 September, 2014. Smartcard pass holders pay only Rs 15, instead of Rs 20.
Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL), the operators of Mumbai VAG Metro want the ticket prices to range from Rs 10 to Rs 40, whereas the state government wants the prices to be in the range of Rs 9 to Rs 13.
Mumbai Metro offers commuters single ticket (with magnetic token), multiple tickets, monthly passes, smart cards (stored value cards) and tourist ticket.
1] Single Ticket Fare On Mumbai Metro 1 Railway (VAG)
A single Mumbai Metro ticket cost Rs 10 and Rs 20 until 30 Spetember, 2014 depending on distance.
Mumbai Metro Monthly, Quarterly, Yearly pass/ticket rates have not yet been announced.
Timing, Frequency, Capacity of VAG Metro Line 1
- Mumbai Metro starts at 5:30 am and closes at midnight.
- Frequency of Mumbai VAG (Versova – Andheri – Ghatkopar) Metro is 4 minutes during peak hours and 8 minutes during non-peak hours. Peak time is from 8:00 am to 11:30 am and from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
- Travel time from Versova to Ghatkopar (W) is only 21 minutes.
- Average speed of Mumbai Versova – Andheri – Ghatkopar Metro train is 33 Km per hour. Top speed is 80 Kmph.
- MMOPL has 16 trains with 4 coaches per train/rake/car. All Metro coaches are air-conditioned.
- Each 4 coach train (or rake) has the capacity to carry 1,178 passengers.
- Later VAG Metro 1 trains will have 6 coaches with a capacity of 1,650 passengers.
- There are 270 to 280 services daily on Mumbai Metro One.
- It is estimated that daily 700,000 commuters will use Versowa – Andheri – Ghatkopar Metro.
- The coaches for VAG Mumbai Metro 1 are made by Chinese firm CSR Nanjing.
Operator and Owner of VAG Mumbai Metro One
- Versova – Andheri – Ghatkopar Metro Railway Corridor is also referred to as VAG Metro Line or Line 1 or Mumbai Metro One.
- The Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Mumbai Metro is constructed and operated by Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL).
- MMOPL is a partnership between Reliance Infrastructure Ltd (69% share) (part of the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group), France’s Veolia Transport RATP Asia (5% share) and Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (26% share) (MMRDA).
- Mumbai Metro One’s Versova – Andheri – Ghatkopar Corridor is the first Metro Line in the 146 Km Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) which is planned for Mumbai. Eventually, Mumbai will have 8 Metro lines.
- VAG Metro Line 1 is the first Metro project in India based on the “Public Private Partnership” (PPP) model.
Interesting Facts on Mumbai Metro (Versova–Andheri–Ghatkopar)
- Mumbai Metro trains have an event recorder that is similar to a Black Box on a plane. There is video recording in all Mumbai Metro One coaches.
- Mumbai Metro coaches and rakes are made of fire retardant material.
- Mumbai (VAG) Metro has 95 escalators and 137 staircases.
- Mumbai Metro’s Versova Depot is the first “U” shaped depot in the world.
- The remarkable Mumbai Metro Bridge over the Western Express Highway (near Andheri) is the highest cable-stayed Metro Bridge in Asia.
- Signaling cables used in Mumbai Metro are over 500 Km long, which is the distance between Mumbai and Ahmedabad.
- Power cables used in Mumbai Metro are 173 Km, which is more than the distance between Mumbai and Pune.
- 67,700 metric tonnes of steel and 370,000 cubic meters of concrete was used in the construction of Mumbai Metro.
Cost Escalation and Delays in Mumbai Metro Implementation
- The final cost of the VAG Metro Line 1 is estimated at Rs 3,893 crore. The project was allotted to MMOPL in March 2007 by MMRDA. The original cost of the VAG Metro was Rs 2,356 crore.
- The revised cost of Mumbai Metro One (VAG) is Rs 4,321 crore.
- Government has provided Viability Gap Funding of Rs 650 crore for Mumbai Metro project.
- Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, performed the foundation laying ceremony for Mumbai Metro on 21 June, 2006.
- VAG Metro Line 1 was to be completed by July, 2010. The next deadline was March, 2012.
- According to MMOPL, MMRDA is primarily responsible for the escalation in cost and delay in implementation. MMRDA was to acquire land for the project by December, 2008. Complete land for the project was handed over only in December, 2011.
- In addition to land acquisition, other challenges in the construction of Mumbai’s first Metro rail network were unavailability of utility maps, construction in congested areas and construction of bridge over Mumbai’s Suburban rail network.
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