Commuters will be able to take their bicycles inside a metro as Mumbai gets its first 'Make In India' coach

While inaugurating the first Make In India Metro coach, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the metro network of the city will increase to 325 km by 2023-24

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In a major boost for the transport scenario in Mumbai, the city has now got its first metro coach manufactured by state-run Bharat Earth Movers (BEML) under 'Make-in-India' initiative. The metro coach was built by BEML at its Bengaluru facility in mere 75 days. Additionally, the government is planning to pump in over ₹1.2 lakh crore to build 14 more metro corridors in the financial capital.

While inaugurating the prestigious Make In India metro coach in Mumbai, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that the city's metro network that is 11 km currently, will increase to 325 km by 2023-24.

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More importantly, Metropolitan commissioner RA Rajeev stated that one of the most distinctive features for the metro coaches is that they will allow the commuters to ride along with their bicycles. Explaining its features, he also said that the coaches carry up to 300 passengers in each car and will be equipped with CCTV surveillance for passenger safety.

Along with this, PM Narendra Modi also conducted Bhoomi Poojan for three new metro lines in Mumbai which consist of the 9.2-km Gaimukh-Shivaji Chowk (Mira Road), the 12.8-km Wadala-Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, and the 20.7-km Kalyan-Taloja corridor.

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PM Modi also laid the foundation for the 32-storey Metro Bhavan at Aarey Colony. The metro headquarters will serve as the control centre to run operations for the proposed 14 metro lines in and around Mumbai.

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