Unique Interview: In dialog with SVR Srinivas, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA

SVR Srinivas, a 1991 batch IAS officer, who presently holds the place of Metropolitan Commissioner of Mumbai Metropolitan Area Growth Authority (MMRDA) and Managing Director of Mumbai Metro Rail Company Restricted (MMRC) comes with greater than 20 years of expertise in City Infrastructure. He chaired & coordinated multidisciplinary groups engaged in City Transport, Metro Railways & City Planning.

In a latest interplay with City Transport Information (City Infra Communication), Srinivas shared his thought on the necessity for city transportation within the Mumbai Metropolitan Area (MMR) and his priorities to decongest visitors points within the area. Listed below are excerpts:-

First, kindly settle for our heartiest congratulations on the opening of the long-awaited Section 1 of Mumbai Metro Line 2A & 7. What are your subsequent priorities and when the remaining sections of those traces shall be commissioned?

It’s teamwork.  The system will stabilize in a month.  Our subsequent priorities are to finish Section II of Line 2A & 7 so that it’s going to hook up with current Line 1 at D. N. Nagar and WEH respectively and other people can journey by the whole loop. To attain this goal following work must be accomplished on precedence.

Completion of all civil works for remaining stations of Line 2A & 7 together with Entry-Exit buildings. Completion of OHE wiring works, Signalling works, and all System works at stations. Completion of all stability work of Section II for security certificates from CMRS to commissioning the section II by subsequent 5 to 6 months.

Having taken over lately as MD of MMRC, you may have quite a lot of points in your plate. What do you assume is crucial challenge that must be tackled retaining the pursuits of this challenge in thoughts?

Mumbai Metro Rail Company (MMRC) is already creating a facility to obtain the First practice and undertake assessments.  Depot is probably the most – urgent challenge.

The State govt. is exploring the potential for an amicable/workable different answer for Depot which is able to quickly be finalized that may facilitate early commissioning.

As development of the underground tunnel and metro stations of Mumbai Metro Line-3 are nearly within the ending stage, however carshed continues to be a difficulty. Did you discover an alternate answer to begin the trial run on this hall? With all its issues, when can we anticipate the commissioning of the primary section of Line 3 (Aarey to BKC part)?

MMRC is already creating a facility to obtain the First practice and undertake assessments.

The State govt is ceased the Metro 3 Depot challenge. An amicable/workable different answer for Depot will quickly be finalised that may facilitate early commissioning.

A big part of commuters is eagerly ready for the commissioning of the remaining metro corridors of the Mumbai Metro Rail Mission. Please throw some gentle on the present standing and completion goal of those traces.

Presently, Section-II of Metro Line 2A & 7, Line 2B (D. N. Nagar-Mandale), Line 3, Line 4 & 4A (Wadala-Kasarvadavali-Gaimukh), Line 5 (Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan), Line 6 (Swami Samarth Nagar-Vikhroli), Line 9 & 7A (Dahisar (E)-Mira Bhayander & Andheri (E)-CSMIA) is underneath numerous levels of implementation.

Work began on Metro line 10 & line 12 by inviting tenders for the appointment of a Normal advisor.

DPR is underneath replace by DMRC for sooner metro connectivity between Mumbai & Navi Mumbai Worldwide airport i.e. Line 8(Airport Metro – CSMIA to NMIA) and Line 13 (Shivaji Chowk (Mira Street) to Virar). Additionally, the draft DPR was obtained from Milan Metro for Metro Line 14.

With the addition, the entire size of Metro Corridors shall be 337 km and the intention is to finish most of those corridors by 2024-26.

We are able to see that the Mumbai Metro challenge has missed a number of deadlines and consequent escalation in prices, how are you planning to mobilize funds for the tasks?

Now we have a useful resource mobilization technique in place now. Civil works of the Metro challenge are being funded by MMRDA. Funding for the System works was proposed to Exterior funding businesses. This led to substantial financial savings in time & cash by the state.

Usually for exterior funding of the tasks the route adopted is – MMRDA Proposes to GoM, which by MoUD proposes to DEA for exterior company funding. As well as, we’re additionally exploring the potential for elevating assets by borrowing from home markets.

With the rising inhabitants and the stress on infrastructure in a Megapolis like Mumbai, what would you advise city planners on methods to ease city mobility? 

We are able to work on –

  • Tapping of TOD potential at choose transit stations.
  • Multi-Modal Integration in any respect transit stations.
  • Growth of greenfield areas (Development Areas/ Development centres)
  • Give attention to NMT amenities whereas preparation of Growth Plans/ Grasp Plans.

What’s your tackle our publications i.e., Metro Rail In the present day, City Transport Information? Is there something in regards to the publications you assume we might do higher?

Being an everyday reader of your publications, we seek-

  • Extra protection of Indian metro case research on metro implementation Challenges and classes realized are required
  • Sources of funding for capital and O&M bills in case of Indian cities are to be addressed
  • Give attention to how we are able to improve the metro ridership and the necessity for route rationalisation of bus companies as last-mile connectivity required
  • Wanted adjustments in Growth Management Laws for reaching greater inhabitants and employment densities round transit stations based mostly on TOD ideas.

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