MMRDA Orders 72 Additional Metro Coaches for Corridor Extension

MMRDA Orders 72 Additional Metro Coaches for Corridor Extension

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has asked for 72 additional metro coaches from Bengaluru-based BEML Limited as it looks the extend its metro corridor to Mira-Bhayander and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport. 

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Two years ago, the MMRDA awarded its contract to BEML Limited for the procurement of 504 metro coaches meant to be used with the Dahisar-DN Nagar, DN Nagar-Mankhurd via Bandra as well as Dahisar-Andheri routes at a cost of ₹3,817 crores.

The new train will run with a total of six coaches which can hold at least 2,400 passengers, officials said. The project cost is estimated to be ₹501 crores.

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The MMRDA recently inaugurated the south-bound flyover on the eastern express highway which is aimed at relieving traffic congestion in the region. This flyover is an extension of the Andheri-Ghatkopar Link Road or AGLR.   

Meanwhile, data shows that the number of passengers travelling by Metro One has significantly increased over the past month as suburban railway services or local trains remain inaccessible to the general public. The MMRDA is expected to begin trial runs of Metro 2A (Dahisar-DN Nagar) as well as Metro 7 (Dahisar East-Andheri East) in January 2021. 

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