Air-conditioned, rider-friendly, ‘safe’ stations

Stations on the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro corridor would not only be air-conditioned (unlike monorail stations) and passenger-friendly but also secured, authorities said.

The Rs-2,356 crore corridor will have 12 stations, Versova, D.N. Nagar, Azad Nagar, Andheri, Western Express Highway, Chakala, Airport Road, Marol Naka, Sakinaka, Subhash Nagar, Asalpha Road and Ghatkopar.

“Each station will have a concourse level and a platform level. The automatic fare collection counters will be on the concourse level. Commuters will have to pass through the concourse level to get access to the platform level to board the train,” said SVR Srinivas, additional metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA.

The stations will be manned by a central surveillance system connected to a security control room to track every movement.

The coaches too will have CCTV cameras installed to keep a tight vigil on the minute-by-minute proceedings.

The stations will be equipped with elevators for easy access, especially for the physically challenged.

Trains will remain stationary until all doors are shut. They are so designed as to leave no gap between the train and the platform, so that accidents can be prevented while boarding and alighting.