Navi Mumbai is a planned satellite city of Mumbai founded in 1971. Post India’s Independence in 1947, Mumbai saw tremendous growth in its population. Due to the increase in industrial and commercial operation, the city population kept growing manifold by the 70s. To overcome the rising population in Mumbai, the Government of Maharashtra came up with a plan to build a twin city called Navi Mumbai.
In March 1971, City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) was formed to develop and maintain the new planned city. CIDCO was the only authority responsible for the development and maintenance of the city for the first ten years.
CIDCO Planned 14 nodes in Navi Mumbai, divided into North Navi Mumbai and South Navi Mumbai. CIDCO also constructed railway stations and commercial areas as per planned nodes.
The seven nodes in the North part are the Airoli node, Ghansoli node, Kopar Khairane node, Vashi node, Sanpada node, Nerul node, and Belapur node. The seven nodes in the South part are the Kharghar node, Kamothe node, Kalamboli node, Pushpak Nagar node, Panvel node, Ulwe node, and Dronagiri node.
Navi Mumbai is known for its robust infrastructure, which offers a good public transportation system. Considering the growing population in Navi Mumbai, it was needed to strengthen the existing transportation system.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) carried out the feasibility study for the Navi Mumbai Metro project.
DMRC prepared a master plan for Navi Mumbai Metro Rail Project. The Initial master plan by DMRC proposed six metro corridors that cover a total distance of 120 KMs.
However, In the revised plan based on DMRC recommendation, five metro corridors were finalized, covering a total distance of 106.4 kilometers. Out of these six metro corridors, the Uran-Ranjanpada-Nerul and Ranjanpada-Kharkopar-Seawoods, which were earlier considered as metro corridors, had been changed to suburban railway corridors.
Navi Mumbai Metro Lines Master Plan:
As part of the Master plan recommended by DMRC, below are the lines which were finalised for development for Navi Mumbai.
However, the construction took place only for Line 1 in 2011, divided into three phases. Currently, Phase 1 (Belapur – Pendhar) of Line 1 is under construction. Construction for other phases of Line 1 was supposed to start by 2015, but it never occurred. Infact, Phase 1 took more than a decade to complete the work, which is still not ready for operation. All other lines shown in the below master plan are unlikely to be followed.
# Corridor Length Implementing Authority 1 Belapur-Taloje-Pendhar-Khandeshwar-NMIA 23.4 km CIDCO/MAHA METRO 2 Mankhurd-NMIA-Panvel 32 km MMRDA 3 Sewree-Kharkopar-NMIA (MTHL) 22 km MMRDA 4 Dighe-Turbhe-Belapur 20 km NMMC 5 Vashi-Ghansoli-Mahape 9 km NMMC Total 106.4 km
Navi Mumbai Metro Line 1:
The total length of this metro line is 23.40 km running between Belapur and Khandeshwar. As per detailed master plan submitted by DMRC for Line 1 (Belapur-Taloje-Pendhar-Khandeshwar-NMIA), the corridor is planned to be developed in three phases.
On 29th April, 2010, received its official approval for the metro line. On 30th March, 2010, the Maharashtra government appointed CIDCO as the official implementing agency for Navi Mumbai Metro project. Former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan laid the foundation stone for the metro on 1st May, 2011.
Navi Mumbai Metro Line 1 – Phase 1
This metro corridor is 11.10 KM fully elevated and consists of 11 stations from Belapur to Pendhar.This Metro line will pass from Belapur in the north Navi Mumbai all the way to Pendhar in South Navi Mumbai.
Project History, Delay, and Construction Update:
The construction work on Navi Mumbai Metro’s Phase 1 started in November 2011.
After many revisions in its deadline, the project is expected to be operational by 2020. The original deadline to complete the project was 2014. The consortium failed to complete the project by the end of 2014, and therefore CIDCO agreed to an extension till the end of 2016, which was also missed.
Only 60% of the work on the station was completed by January 2017. Considering a delay of two years in completing the metro project, CIDCO sent notice to the consortium for the termination of the contract on 11th January 2017. CIDCO floated a new tender for the remaining work on the stations.
In January 2021, CIDCO appointed MahaMetro to complete the Metro Project work. The project got momentum after MahaMetro took up the work.
So far, the metro has successfully completed the trials related to electrical safety, oscillation, emergency brakes, etc. It has also obtained the certificates from RSDO.
Currently, it is under final inspection by the Commissioner of metro railway safety (CMRS) for approval. Once it receives the certificates from CMRS, it can go ahead with the commercial operation for public use.
Navi Mumbai Metro Line 1 - Phase 1 (Belapur - Pendhar) Stations
Below is the list of stations on Navi Mumbai Metro Line 1 – Phase 1 i.e., Belapur – Pendhar corridor. There are 11 stations on the line, which are fully Elevated (11.10 km).
|1||CBD Belapur||Under Construction||Elevated||–|
|2||Sector 7||Under Construction||Elevated||–|
|3||CIDCO Science Park||Under Construction||Elevated||–|
|4||Utsav Chowk (Khargar)||Under Construction||Elevated||–|
|5||Sector 11||Under Construction||Elevated||–|
|6||Sector 14||Under Construction||Elevated||–|
|7||Central Park||Under Construction||Elevated||–|
|9||Sector 34||Under Construction||Elevated||–|
Project Current Status
It is waiting for the final approval from the Commissioner of metro railway safety (CMRS). The final inspection by the CMRS team started on the 7th and 8th of March 2022.
The commercial operation can be started once CMRS gives the green signal.
However, based on our recent visit to capture the latest picture of the project, it seems that some stations are still not ready, and work is ongoing.
Navi Mumbai Metro Line 1 Route Map (Under Construction Line)
Timeline Navi Mumbai Metro Line 1 : Phase 1
Timelines Coming Soon