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 Improvement 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 Part 1 of Mumbai Metro Line 2A & 7. What are your subsequent priorities and when the remaining sections of those traces will likely be commissioned?

It’s teamwork.  The system will stabilize in a month.  Our subsequent priorities are to finish Part II of Line 2A & 7 so that it’ll connect with present Line 1 at D. N. Nagar and WEH respectively and other people can journey by way of the whole loop. To attain this goal following work needs to be completed on precedence.

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

Having taken over just lately as MD of MMRC, you will have quite a lot of points in your plate. What do you suppose is a very powerful challenge that needs to be tackled conserving the pursuits of this venture in thoughts?

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

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

As development of the underground tunnel and metro stations of Mumbai Metro Line-3 are virtually within the ending stage, however carshed continues to be a problem. 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 growing 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 can 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 mild on the present standing and completion goal of those traces.

Presently, Part-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 phases of implementation.

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

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 overall size of Metro Corridors will likely 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 venture has missed a number of deadlines and consequent escalation in prices, how are you planning to mobilize funds for the tasks?

We now have a useful resource mobilization technique in place now. Civil works of the Metro venture are being funded by MMRDA. Funding for the System works was proposed to Exterior funding companies. 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 way of MoUD proposes to DEA for exterior company funding. As well as, we’re additionally exploring the opportunity of elevating sources 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.
  • Improvement of greenfield areas (Progress Areas/ Progress centres)
  • Give attention to NMT services whereas preparation of Improvement Plans/ Grasp Plans.

What’s your tackle our publications i.e., Metro Rail Right this moment, City Transport Information? Is there something in regards to the publications you suppose we may do higher?

Being a daily reader of your publications, we seek-

  • Extra protection of Indian metro case research on metro implementation Challenges and classes discovered 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 will improve the metro ridership and the necessity for route rationalisation of bus companies as last-mile connectivity required
  • Wanted adjustments in Improvement Management Laws for reaching larger inhabitants and employment densities round transit stations primarily based on TOD rules.



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