Mum­bai un­der­ground: Metro III, a trailer

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI -

wear the pro­tec­tive gear, mainly a white hel­met, a neon green and grey jacket which iden­ti­fies one as part of the team and the boots were the most im­por­tant. I found my­self step­ping into the boots of a man! Once ready and hy­drated, we had to carry an iden­tity card which we had to swap with their to­ken, in case we were left be­hind. We were first told of all the dos and don’ts, es­pe­cially re­gard­ing any emer­gency.

One needs to just hone the ba­sic ob­ser­va­tional skills and be alert to pro­tect one­self from the ap­proach­ing worker train and fall­ing rub­ble. Pretty much like one cares for one­self on the roads above. An engi­neer ac­com­pa­nied us and we be­gan our de­scent to the tun­nel. Sud­denly found our­selves go­ing un­der gird­ers and grilles, leav­ing fa­mil­iar spots be­hind. Our cheer was cut short as the engi­neer re­minded us of the num­ber of steps we had to climb back up. He quipped it was the se­cret of lean­ness, as makes at least four trips reg­u­larly.

Once we reached be­low, we saw the tracks with the sig­nals and a huge tun­nel of the Metro-3 line from Co­labaBan­dra-SEEPZ. For the most part, this track is un­der­ground, es­pe­cially in South Mum­bai. It made us aware of all the space that was un­der­ground and how de­vel­op­ers hadn’t yet grabbed it. We walked half­way of the one-and-ahalf kilo­me­tres of this tun­nel. This por­tion is ready as far as Kal­badevi and the pas­sage till Gir­gaum is clear. We also got a feel of the metro as the work­ing train plied back and forth.

Along the tracks we no­ticed there were in­ter­coms and fire ex­tin­guish­ers every few me­tres. There is also first aid at the work­ing site and in an emer­gency a way to evac­u­ate the af­fected per­son was ex­plained. A huge yel­low pipe went down and along the tun­nel. This is the pipe that feeds fresh air from above for the work­ers be­low.

As we re­turned, we saw a sec­ond tun­nel, where work has been stalled due to the Bom­bay High Court case.

By this time, we were en­crusted with dirt and were pro­fusely sweat­ing and one’s eyes fell on the wa­ter trick­ling down the rocks like the tiny ones seen on the Western Ghats. The engi­neer told us, we were lit­er­ally in­side a well. Fas­ci­nat­ing view of the city, to say the least.

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