Mumbai Metro Line 3’s Station Finishing & Signage Work Underway

With tunneling works on 33.5 km Mumbai Metro Aqua Line (Line-3)’s Phase 1 (BKC – Aarey) long completed, all action here for the last 3 years has focused on station civil work, system installation and architectural finishing works.

This post of mine focuses on signage installation works at Marol Naka and MIDC stations where Mettle Infrastructure on a subcontract from Larsen & Toubro – Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Co (L&T – STEC JV) is close to completing signage installation on Package UGC-07.

L&T – STEC JV’s 4.157 km Package UGC-07 connects CSIA Terminal 2 and Sariput Nagar Ramp via 3 stations at Marol Naka, MIDC and SEEPZ. The final tunnel breakthrough for this package was recorded by TBM D213 (Wainganga-2) way back in December 2019.

Both Marol Naka and MIDC stations are in the most advanced stage of completion out of Line 3’s 10 stations in Phase 1 connecting Aarey Colony – Bandra-Kurla Complex. Their signage contract was awarded to Mettle Infrastructure in July 2023 with an approximate value of Rs. 1.5 crore.

Signage reviews and walkthroughs were completed in August. Here are some images from both stations shot in September during installation:

Bonus photo of MIDC Station’s platform level – Photo by Krishnaraaj Mahadik

Mettle Infrastructure has also won signage contracts for Package UGC-01 (Cuffe Parade – CST) from L&T – STEC JV and for Package UGC-04 (Worli – Dharavi) from CEC – ITD – TPL JV.

On UGC-01, installation works are planned to start at Vidhan Bhavan Station from the 3rd week of October. On UGC-04, work will start at Siddhivinayak Station on October 5.

MMRC hasn’t publicly announced a new deadline for commissioning Phase 1 between Aarey Colony – Bandra-Kurla Complex. Train and system testing (trial runs) officially started in August 2022 and their completion depends on the completion of the line’s operational control centre (OCC) at Aarey Depot.

MMRC in mid-September claimed 74.4% work for the depot had been completed for its civil, track and MEP system installation work (see recent images). Looking at that and other pending work, I reckon we’re at least 6 months away from seeing the line opening up for commercial operations.

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9 Responses to "Mumbai Metro Line 3’s Station Finishing & Signage Work Underway"

  1. Ritvick Ghosh says:

    Hey TMRG,

    Could you please confirm this? It seems that a contract for Line 5’s depot has been appointed as well!

  2. Nihar says:

    Wait – they’ve used technical terminology like “AFC gate” for public wayfinding!?

  3. DS Rawat says:

    Eagerly waiting for our Mumbai Metro Line-3, The Aqua Line to get completed.

  4. Sunil says:

    It will truly become the Lifeline if mumbai and the Pride of mumbai, giving it the prestige the city richly deserves.

  5. Roland says:

    Excellent news, eagerly awaiting to ride on the metro before the end of 2023. Congratulations! to all concerned and associated with this much needed project.

  6. Giuseppe Callegher says:

    I am a very humble guy from Italy, very often in Mumbai in BKC area. I have tried my best to gather information about this line, but I am afraid I haven’t found the answer to this, which is a very simple question. Given that I see the works ahead, but it still looks like a giant construction site, when do you expect it will enter into service? Thank you for your much appreciated answer!

    • Jimmy Vij says:

      Hi Giuseppe

      Although the official deadline for the start of Phase 1 operation is Dec 2023, internally the project dealine is June 2024. A lot of System works is pending on mainline and depot plus certain statutory compliances are yet to be obtained to start operations.


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