Metro lines have always been an easy and speedy way to travel. After the verge of the pandemic, now that things are coming back to a safer platform.
People need to travel to their workplaces and elsewhere in their daily life. Where the metro plays an important and convenient role in travelling people from place to place.
Metro rail is fast becoming the most popular means of mass rapid transit in India with an operational network of over 660 km across 12 cities.
But did you know that the first metro in the country started operations in 1984 in Kolkata?
It is also the only metro rail network that is controlled by the Indian railways; all others are operated by autonomous local authorities.
There are 13 Metro railway systems and services (or rapid transit systems) operational in India.
These are Kolkata, Delhi, Bengaluru (Namma), Gurugram (Rapid Metro), Mumbai, Jaipur, Chennai, Kochi, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Noida, Ahmedabad, and Nagpur.
The metro systems in all these cities of India, not operated by the Indian Railways.
Except for Kolkata metro, which has its zone within the Indian Railways.
The Kolkata Metro rail is the oldest metro service in the country. Established in 1984, Kolkata Metro is currently covering a total distance of 33.02 kilometres and is serving 30 stations.
The Delhi Metro, which began operations in 2002, had largest in the country by the distance covered.
Currently, the Delhi Metro covers a distance of 389 kilometres.
It has 285 stations in operations (including NOIDA-Greater NOIDA Corridor and Rapid Metro, Gurugram, whose operations it has currently taken over).
The Namma Metro which serves the city of Bengaluru became operational in 2011. It covers a distance of 42.3 kilometres and has 40 stations. Nagpur metro opened on 8 March 2019, is the newest metro system in India.
The other metro systems are also covering a particular stretch.
In the times to come will see the addition of more tracks.
Day by day, the metro railway system is expanding, and it is being developed with the best services in India.
Most of the commute routes in the populated cities of India are congested, creating a big problem for the commuters.
but, with the help of the metro system.
these problems are being solved, by providing better ways to reach offices, homes, and so many more destinations.
There are several cities in India where the metro system is under construction. As of September 2020, these cities are Agra, Kanpur, Bhopal, Indore, Navi Mumbai, Pune, and Patna.
The metro rail has become the most affordable and convenient mode of travel.
As a result, the metro rail is connected to the major railway stations and airports in a city.
reaching them for travelling has become affordable and efficient.
Metro rail is providing good connectivity in the congested cities of India.
Its success has made a case for setting up the metro rail in other cities.
where there is a large urban population and traffic congestion.
Some cities where the metro rail is in the planning stage are–
Dehradun, Calicut, Thiruvananthapuram, Surat, Srinagar, Jammu, Meerut, Guwahati, Gorakhpur, Visakhapatnam, and Vijayawada.
SOME NEW UPCOMING METRO PROJECTS IN INDIA AND FEW MORE CITIES ARE GOING TO ADD UP TO THE LIST OF CITIES OFFERING RAILWAY SERVICES IN INDIA.
Metro Projects India:
Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri said 721 km of the metro line was operational in 18 cities in the country at present.
while a network of 1,058 km was under construction in 27 cities
Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri on Friday said 1,058 km of the metro network is under construction in 27 cities to boost urban mobility across the country.
He was speaking after inaugurating a section of about 289 metres between the Mayur Vihar Pocket 1 and the Trilokpuri Sanjay Lake stations on the Delhi Metro’s Pink Line via video conference.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation or DMRC has been a trailblazer in urban mobility.
The missing link at the Trilokpuri section of its Pink Line was bridged with the least possible disruptions, the minister said.
He said 721 km of the metro line was operational in 18 cities in the country at present.
While a network of 1,058 km was under construction in 27 cities.
Mr Puri praised the DMRC on running services with due protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic and said that in the pre-Covid period, its ridership was about 65 lakh per day.
The hope is to reclaim it gradually while ensuring the comfort and safety of people.
India’s Big ‘Metro’ Dreams: Establishing Seamless Connectivity
The government expanded the ‘National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP)’ to 7,400 projects, of which 217 projects worth INR 1.10 lakh crore (US$ 15.09 billion) were completed as of 2020.
In May 2021, Especially Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Nitin Gadkari stated that the government is giving utmost priority to infrastructure development and has set a target of road construction worth Rs.15 lakh crore (US$ 206 billion) in the next two years.
Only recently, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) told Lok Sabha that 34 Metro Rail and Rapid Rail projects with a total length of 1230km are under the implementation phase.
The ministry further confirmed that it has also received a proposal for additional 16 projects for a stretch of 638 kilometres in eight states and UTs.
Including Delhi Rajasthan, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala and Maharashtra.
In its statement issued off late, the ministry further clarified that the Central government considers financial assistance for metro projects proposed by urban agglomerates based on their extant policy.
however, the feasibility of the proposal and availability of resources amongst other several criteria.
BW Businessworld investigated the progress and status of metro projects in top Indian cities.
To find about tech innovation and implementation within metro projects, challenges and opportunities, budget allocation, financial model and others.
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As a result they delved deeper into India’s metro model and the ongoing progress in a few case cities.
Including Bengaluru in Karnataka Nagpur and Navi Mumbai in Maharashtra and Jaipur in Rajasthan. Since It came into forefront each of these cities key projects involved for metro rail development in these cities.
The massive metro project in Bengaluru under the aegis of Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Limited worth approximately INR 58,000 crores under Phase 1 and 2 & 2A and 2B has not only implemented pan-city coverage for seamless connectivity.
But also has taken into account superior high-end technology adoption ensuring passenger safety and convenience.
While several metro projects across the country are under the implementation phase, a significant portion of them have been lying in stressful conditions with flouting deadlines and several cases of emerging cash-strapped authorities.
Though successful completion of these projects can ease out commutation issues, As a result pollution control measures across the country give a breather to the environment; However, the impact of the ongoing projects are severely grave and detrimental.