(Pics) Navi Mumbai Metro Starts Operations Between Belapur – Pendhar

After a painfully long wait, Navi Mumbai Metro – India’s 16th metro system – is now live! Commercial operations started on Friday at 3 pm without any formal inauguration ceremony on 11.1 km long Line-1 which connects CBD Belapur Terminal – Pendhar via 11 elevated stations.

Owned by City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) and managed by Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation (Maha Metro), this 12 year long project has been riddled by legal hurdles, major contractor issues, poor project management by CIDCO and an apathetic state government crossing party lines.

CIDCO had received conditional / provisional approval to start operations in June 2023 from the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS), but delayed its inauguration to accommodate the schedule of India’s Prime Minister and other senior ministers.

CIDCO’s invitation
Photo by Free Press Journal
Photo by CIDCO / Savita

Line-1’s elevated viaduct was built by NCC (Package CA1) and J Kumar Infraprojects (Package CA2). In 2021, J Kumar made a comeback to complete pending civil works at 5 stations, previously awarded to San José Constructora – Mahavir Roads – Supreme Infra JV.

The system is equipped with just eight 3-coach CRRC train-sets, which were built at CRRC’s Zhuzhou plant in China as a part of a 300 million yuan (then approx. Rs 295 crore) contract awarded in July 2014. Its signaling, telecommunications, and automatic fare collection (AFC) systems were installed by Ansaldo STS.

A full list of civil and system contractors can be viewed here.

Going over the Sion-Panvel Highway in Belapur – Photo by Narendra Vaskar

The line’s 11 stations are located and named Belapur Terminal, RBI Colony (erst. Sector 7), Belpada (erst. CIDCO Science Park), Utsav Chowk, Kendriya Vihar (erst. Sector 11), Khargar Village (erst. Sector 14), Central Park, Pethpada, Amandoot (erst. Sector 34), Panchanand and Pendhar.

Navi Mumbai Metro’s Route Map – view system info

The line’s viaduct includes a roughly 100m long steel open web girder (OWG) bridge, launched in 2018, over the Indian Railways’ line near Panchanand Station.

Old snap by CIDCO
Photo by Jaideep Kane
Photo by CIDCO
Photo by CIDCO

From November 18, regular commercial operations will start at 6 am with trains running every 15 minutes until 10 pm. Here’s the fare chart (ticket prices) which is based on distance:

  • Rs. 10 for 0 to 2 KM
  • Rs. 15 for 2 to 4 KM
  • Rs. 20 for 4 to 6 KM
  • Rs. 25 for 6 to 8 KM
  • Rs. 30 for 8 to 10 KM
  • Rs. 40 for beyond 10 KM

Jaideep Kane on YouTube has uploaded an incredibly detailed video of his first ride. Check it out:

CIDCO claimed over 5000 users had taken a ride in the first 4 hours of operations, so I’m curious to see what the numbers look like this weekend and after 3 months when joy rides become insignificant, especially since the line north of Central Park passes through some sparsely developed neighborhoods.

Photo by Sameer Mohite

With this line now operational, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) now has 2 metro systems and 4 metro lines totaling 57.6 km.

There’s disappointingly no other metro lines in the pipeline actively being pursued by CIDCO. Detailed Project Reports (DPRs) for 7.12 km Line-2 (MIDC Taloja – Khandeshwar) and 3.87 km Line-3 (Pendhar – MIDC Taloja) were prepared by RITES and geotechnical soil investigation was performed in 2020, but there’s been no interest in execution.

Appointed by CIDCO, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) in July 2020 had invited tenders to assign a Detailed Design Consultant (DDC) for these lines, which are merely extensions of Line-1, but cancelled the bidding process per CIDCO’s instructions.

I suspect we’ll see more interest being taken after the Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA) opens up, which I reckon would happen in 2025.

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9 Responses to "(Pics) Navi Mumbai Metro Starts Operations Between Belapur – Pendhar"

  1. Anirudh says:

    Only 8 trains?! This must be the smallest train fleet in India

    • Aryan says:

      Really insufficient as it currently operates on a frequency of 15mins.

      The overall track length is 11kms and considering avg speed of 33kmph, a trainset can cover the entire loop in 40mins.
      Maybe the lower operating costs, MahaMetro is having only 2-3trainsets in operation. Theoretically the system can provide a service of frequency 5mins, but operates merely as a joyride….

  2. Sunil says:

    Definitely more lines will be needed to serve the whole of navi mumbai. What about metro-8 linking MIAL and NMIA.

  3. BG Tilak says:

    Great !
    All the best Navi Mumbai Metro !

    Big Congrats to the Team.

  4. KKGOGOI says:

    Nice ride for taloja ph2

  5. Drzzir says:

    Waiting for PM inauguration since June? Any estimate how much loss due to this?

    • Aman says:

      Not a significant loss as such as the entire system was “shut down”, and dust was allowed to take over. Since the whole system was shut down after the CMRS approval, just before starting commercial operations, CIDCO had to undertake checking of all the metro stations, infrastructure and other facilities once again, after which the CM was requested to give his green signal.

  6. Aryan Khandelwal says:

    The whole system give a old vibe like a system from 2015 not 2023 , especially rolling stock interior is not “modern” , perhaps due to huge delay

    • Aryan says:

      Rolling stock is very similar to the Ghatkopar-Versova metro, perhaps from the same rake builder as well. The station design is also not very welcoming, no benches to sit while one waits for the next metro for 15mins 😬


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