Ashwini Bhide, Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation

Building Mumbai’s longest rail corridor

The Mumbai government has grand plans to expand the metro network in India’s most populous city, with a total of eight rail corridors to be built. Line 1 has been operational since 2014 while construction on Line 3 is set to commence in 2017 and scheduled for completion in 2022.

Mumbai Metro Line 3, a 33.5km corridor linking Colaba in the south and Seepz in the west of Mumbai, is a ground-breaking project as it will be the city’s first entirely underground corridor. This complex underground rail project is also Mumbai’s most expensive to date. Mrs Ashwini Bhide, Managing Director, Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation is tasked with the huge role of bringing this project from blueprint to reality.

The process has been challenging, with two main problems delaying its schedule.

Firstly, the construction of a rolling stock depot near Aarey Colony in Goregaon has angered environmentalists and citizens as it is one of the few open spaces in Mumbai and its construction will require the removal of over 2,000 trees.

Secondly, the corridor involved the displacement and resettlement of 700 families who reside along the 33.5km track. Faced with such daunting challenges, MMRC has to find a solution that will settle all stakeholders.

Concerns relating to environmental destruction and displacement of communications are common in large-scale rail projects. Can rail authorities strike a balance between preservation of the natural environment and increased connectivity?

Join us at Asia Pacific Rail 2017 as Mrs Ashwini Bhide, IAS, Managing Director, Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation, shares more about the challenges encountered in the construction of Mumbai Metro Line 3 and the solutions that MMRC has adopted.

About Asia Pacific Rail
Now in its 19th edition, Asia Pacific Rail is the largest gathering of senior rail leaders in Asia. With a 4 track premium conference agenda covering key issues across metro, mainline, freight, rolling stock, power, signalling & communications, finance & funding and more, 3 technical seminar theatres in the exhibition hall, over 80 exhibition stands and an Underground/Overground University, our 2017 edition will be our biggest ever. Book your ticket here.

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