With 12 km of track and 12 stations, line 1 of the Mumbai metro links the western suburbs of Versova with the eastern suburbs of Ghatkopar.
Line 1 connects with the main suburban rail lines. With a travel time of 21 minutes between the two end stations, line 1 reduces the daily commute of local residents by as much as three hours. The construction of line 1 is part of a comprehensive project that includes the construction of at least three more high-capacity metro lines.
Starting in 2010, the Indian subsidiary of the 50/50 joint venture Veolia Transport - RATP Asia will operate Line 1 of the new metro in Mumbai, one of the most populated and densest urban centers in the world.
The five-year contract signed in December 2008 via a consortium including the Indian company Reliance Infrastructure (30%) covers all operating activities as well as system maintenance.
Built on a viaduct, the line will serve the booming northern area of Mumbai and connect with North-South suburban rail lines.
The line will reduce the average travel time for riders from 90 minutes to 21 minutes.