Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Million choices, million worries, Just one less!

A day in the life of Mumbaikar is nothing less than a marathon with hurdles, forcing us to make choices we really don’t want to make to reach to our destination. We constantly find ourselves asking “Why me? Why today? Why THIS every day?”

With 12 million people living in the city, even the widest of roads and developing infrastructure seems insufficient. We, Mumbai Metro, want to do our bit to bridge this gap; we aim to marry the East and the West of Mumbai city.

A large percentage of this part of Mumbai travels across the city putting an immense pressure upon the existing transport system. On an average, a Mumbaikar spends 90 minutes (or more), of their day travelling. People in Mumbai are renowned to spend maximum time commuting, leaving behind Delhi, Chennai & even Bangalore.

We Mumbaikars, work hard & travel harder!

The average time spent by a Mumbaikar travelling in a train is estimated to be close to 2 hours every day.The local trains are more famously attributed to be the backbone of the city, commuting millions every day. However they fail to connect this part of the city.

The BEST appears to be the best choice in this situation. The BEST buses form the city’s network with a very well spread layout reaching into every nook & corner of the city. However, it takes about 60 minutes to 120 minutes for one to get from Ghatkopar to Versova, depending on the density of vehicular traffic. And this patch being one of the most traffic congested hot zones of the city, the fact that the BEST buses are the cheapest mode of travelling from the east to the west Mumbai is insignificant.

The unreliable nature, the discomfort and the security issues that arise every time we see people hanging from the doors of these modes of transport shows how mumbaikar value’s his time! Sometime, they are willing to risk their life just to meet their appointments.

Taxis and auto rickshaws seems as the second best option but in the city where time is money, this is neither an option nor a luxury we can afford. The fare for this generally goes from Rs. 15 to Rs. 200.  And with the traffic jams clogging the narrow streets of the city, potholes, infrastructure problems and the frightening meter readings, it all adds up to your list of worries.

We all wished for traffic to go away, wished for a better mode of transport, wished to see the city develop and with Mumbai Metro, we hope to see all these dreams turn into reality.

As a mumbaikar, we refuse to waste anymore time commuting unsafely. We refuse to hear a No when we really need a Yes. We refuse to let the stress get the best of us.

Amongst the million choices that we have to make as Mumbaikars and amidst millions of worries we have to embrace, we will have one less thing to worry about & HAVE A NICE DAY!

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Mumbai Metro - A journey together

Can you completely fall in love with a city?  With Mumbai you really can. The city, it gets into your system, if you live in Mumbai you never want to live anywhere else. It’s one of the ideal cities to experience a strong dose of adrenaline, if you are leading too comfortable life. Inspite of all that it is and all the unpleasantness that people have to contend with, the water-logged streets and the manic traffic jams but regardless of what the city is, it leaves you apologetically, missing the free spirit that is Mumbai.

Mumbai, the city that has innumerable colors and emotions, the highs and the lows, the dreams and the aspirations. With so much of character and yet, it continues to evolve. A city that is flourishing and generates about 5% of India’s GDP and contributes over one third of the country’s tax revenues. But one can’t help but point out the fact that the infrastructure needs a major dose of revamping. With the existing suburban systems under extreme pressure, with the bus system’s role limited to providing feeder services to railways. There are numerous constraints to expand the existing road network capacity. The need and want for an adequate road and rail improvements to match up to the future demand.

Come May, there is much to celebrate about. Mumbai will enter a new phase and have a new face. The traffic, the stress, the noise, the chaos will decrease if not disappear. Reliance Metro, India’s first private partnership operated mass rapid system, will be an answer to Mumbai’s overcrowded and inhuman transport system, providing a fast, easy and comfortable commute through high-speed trains.

It’s not been an easy task, constructing a 233-metre concrete bridge 17 meters above the ground with crush-packed local trains zipping past down below. A viaduct at 7 meters above the Andheri flyover on Western Express Highway—that’s a sampling of the engineering challenges whose high-precision solutions are getting fine-tuned in the office of the Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd on a daily basis. Reliance Metro, there is a lot that goes into the making of infrastructure projects like this. Machinery and technology have over the years enabled manmade structures to stand against nature's wrath and testing times. Moulded into the making of the most jaw-dropping engineering marvel, it has only left the human mind boggled, when one unravels the art and science that goes behind it. From the minds of who designed them to those who built, usually leading to a story of carving landmarks out of mere bricks and steel. All this would have not been possible without the help of Mumbaikars who celebrated all the good that happened and believed in us for bad that overcame.Through this blog we would continue to share day to day story of Mumbai metro, mumbaikar and the inspiration that keeps mumbaikar going. Thus inspiring one and all to have a nice day.

Welcome aboard to a journey that will be destination in itself. The journey that we would build together.