Mumbai: The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has installed its first escalator at Bandongri station on the Andheri (East) to Dahisar (East) Metro-7 corridor and begun to make the life future commuters comfortable.
There will be, in all, 82 escalators installed at the 13 stations on the 16.5-km Metro-7 corridor. While Andheri (E), JVLR Junction, Mahanand, Aarey, Pathan Wadi, Bandongri, Mahindra & Mahindra, Magathane, Devipada, National Park and Ovaripada stations will have six escalators each, Shankarwadi and Pushpa Park stations will have 8 escalators each at an estimated cost of Rs.48.30 crore.
The other 18.5-km Dahisar to DN Nagar Metro-2A corridor will be provided with 105 escalators. While Dahisar (E), Anand Nagar, Rushi Sankul, I.C.Colony, Eksar, Don Bosco, Shimpoli, Mahaveer Nagar, Kamraj Nagar, Charkop, Malad, Kastur Park, Bangur Nagar, Goregaon Metro, Aadarsh Nagar, Shastri Nagar will have 6 escalators each, DN Nagar station will have 9 escalators at an estimated cost of Rs.53 crore.
“The design of these escalators conform the European Norms and present world class safety features, which move in both – upward and downward – directions and can carry up to 7,300 commuters every hour and 437 crore commuters every year”, said Mr.Dilip Kawathkar, Joiint Project Director (PR), MMRDA.