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Maharashtra, India: Trends in suburban rail ridership and key high-investment projects [free access]

April 1, 2021

The suburban rail network in the city of Mumbai in India spans 319 km and covers around 100 stations. It is one of the most densely loaded and intensively utilised transit systems in the world. It has a modal share of over 40 per cent and accounts for around a third of the total rail ridership of Indian Railways. Between FY2010–11 and FY2019–20, rail ridership increased at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.3 per cent.

 

Table 1 provides information about the rail ridership and the rolling stock.

 

Table 1: Ridership and rolling stock of Mumbai suburban rail

Year

Ridership (million passengers)

Fleet size

FY2010–11

2,533.10

191

FY2011–12

2,712.06

195

FY2012–13

3,102.50

201

FY2013–14

2,920

205

FY2014–15

2,898.10

205

FY2015–16

2,792.58

205

FY2016–17

2,792.25

258

FY2017–18

2,909.05

219

FY2018–19

2,978.40

223

FY2019–20

3,121.98

225

Note: Estimated using average daily ridership

 

Source: Directorate of Economics and Statistics, Government of Maharashtra

 

By 2025, Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation Limited (MRVC) plans to invest INR148.16 billion under the three phases of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP). MUTP aims at enhancing  network capacity, reducing travel time, improving safety, and increasing passenger satisfaction. The on-going projects will expand the rail network by 189 km. MUTP is also being financed by multilateral agencies, including the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the New Development Bank (NDB), and the World Bank. Table 2 provides information about the on-going projects of MUTP II, III, and 3A.

 

Table 2: On-going projects of MUTP II, III, and 3A

Project

Length (km)

Project cost (INR billion)

Expected completion

MUTP II

Thane–Diva (additional 5th and 6th line)

9

5.02

June 2021

Mumbai Central–Borivali (additional 6th line)

30

9.19

March 2023

CSMT–Kurla (additional 5th and 6th line)

15

13.67

March 2024

MUTP III

New suburban corridor between Panvel and  Karjat on CR

28

27.82

March 2024

New suburban corridor link between Airoli and Kalwa (elevated) on CR

4

4.76

March 2023

Quadrupling of Virar–Dahanu road on WR

63

35.78

March 2024

Trespass control on mid-section on CR and WR

-

5.51

March 2024

MUTP 3A

Kalyan–Badlapur (3rd and 4th line)

14

15.10

March 2025

Station improvement

-

9.47

March 2025

5th and 6th line between Borivali and Virar

26

21.84

March 2025

Note: CR - Central Railway; CSMT - Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus; WR - Western Railway

 

Source: MRVC

 

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