Travelling from a Metro station to the nearest railway station is a hassle, most Mumbai Metro commuters would agree. But this hassle might soon end. If implemented, an elevated route will be introduced between the two stations, where you will commute via a travelator or a cable car.
A travelator is a moving walkway that you see at airports, and a cable car is a motorless and engineless transport, which relies on a cable to to be pulled at a steady speed.
Mumbai’s Metro 2B (Dahisar-D N Nagar via New Link Road) and Metro VII route (Dahisar-Andheri via WEH), running parallel to Western Railway’s suburban corridor, could soon get this form of transport.
Additional Metropolitan Commissioner, Pravin Darade, told The Times of India, “We have appointed a consultant to recommend ways to ensure faster arrival and departure from Metro stations to railway stations. Some options under consideration are a travelator or cable car.”
If the recommendations see the light of day, commuters will be able to interchange from both modes of transport in less than five minutes.
The absence of good connectivity between the railway and Metro stations causes inconvenience to commuters, as they have to rely on road transport where traffic is an issue. Narrow roads connecting railway and metro stations coupled with growing hawkers on either side, slow down vehicle movement further.
Let’s hope this gets implemented and we never have to miss our train because of traffic!