If you belong to the 90s era, you will relate to this. Remember, how we used to wait for our friends at a said place at the particular time. For making our plans, the landlines is all that we had. And no, we never did feel handicapped, even if we did not have cell phones. And then eventually, cell phones did happen and suddenly life felt simpler. After all, we never were Narayan Shanker of Mohabbatein who did not like 'Parivartan'.In fact, we have always been the Raj Aryan from the same flick who likes to embrace change with open arms. So it is not just technologically that our city has changed. As a matter of fact, the city has seen a drastic transformation in terms of infrastructure as well. And all of this happened in the last 10 years. Now, imagine, how will be our city post 10 years? Metro routes across Mumbai city like a cobweb, bullet trains, ropeways and much more. I know, you must have started imagining already. Don't fret, because we have listed out here the blueprint of the city, just as the way it should look like in the next 10 years:
Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches and this strikes quite true for the people who drive to their offices considering the kind of traffic they have to face. Mumbai and traffic go hand in hand. I mean gone are the days when streets used to be less stacked with traffic. Ab Sunday ho ya Monday, there is always traffic in the city. This will change in the coming 10 years; Thanks to the coastal project.
This project proposes a 29.2km freeway which will run along Mumbai’s western coastline. The estimated cost of the project is Rs. 15,000 crores. This project will come in two phases. The first phase will come from Nariman Point for which RS.5,300 cr will be used while Rs. 9,700 cr for the second phase which will connect Bandra to Kandivali. The first phase will be completed by 2019. If the state government is to be believed then we will get a respite from the bustling traffic.
I remember when the first monorail was launched from Mumbai to Wadala. Mumbaikars had thronged the mono railway station to experience the AC ride. We all were equally excited. Well, that was just the beginning. The second monorail will come by the end of 2018-19 for which almost Rs. 27,000 crores will be spent.
Imagine reaching Mandva beach within 40-45 minutes from Mumbai. This will be happening in reality by the end of April 2018. As of now, it takes 4 hours to reach but with RoRo boating ferry, the time will be reduced by almost 3 hours. The ferry will start from Bhaucha Dhakka to Mandva. The estimated cost of this project will be Rs. 32 crores.
After monorail, Metro became the craze among Mumbaikars. Currently, the metro runs from Versova to Ghatkopar. This was built mainly to ease the traffic congestion between Versova and Ghatkopar. Now, by 2021, metro will extend up to Bhayander and Thane.
Adding to the Monorail and Metro, the bullet train will be adding to our speedy travelling (can’t wait). The Mumbai- Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor will be connecting two cities Mumbai and Ahmedabad. This is going to be the India’s first high-speed rail line which will cover 300km per hour. Now, it takes 7 hours to cover 505 km to reach Ahmedabad but when bullet train will hit the tracks, it will take only 2 hours to reach the destination.
The construction will begin by the end of 2018 and will be completed by 2023. The 508 km long Mumbai- Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor will cover 12 stations and will have 21 km tunnel under the sea.
Half of our population travels from Mumbai’s lifeline i.e. railway. We travel despite the rush, sweat but we never complain. I am glad that the state has come to our rescue who will be bringing AC local. It is being said that by Diwali, this AC local will run between Borivali and Churchgate. For now, 10 trains will be introduced and in coming years, the numbers will increase.
Now, this is good news for those who travel from Thane to Borivali. Soon, they will get to travel in rope-way. This will connect Navi Mumbai to Ghatkopar and Borivali to Thane.
Route – Sanjay Gandhi National Park (Borivali) to Thane (Ghodbunder road)
Distance- 11 Km
Estimated cost – Rs. 12,000cr to Rs. 15,000 cr
Route – Vashi, Navi Mumbi to Ghatkopar bus depot
Distance – 8 km
Estimated cost – Rs. 800 cr to Rs. 900 cr
I know 10 years is a long wait. But we will be witnessing the change when Mumbai will transform into New York or Shanghai. Who knows.