With nearly a hundred square metre of every Metro station being set aside for retail outlets, commuters using the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro, likely to be opened for public in a few days, will be able to shop as well as avail banking facilities on the move.
All twelve stations of the 11.4-km Metro corridor will be equipped with food and beverage shops, convenience stores, mobile and accessories stores and ATM machines.
The Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL), in charge of the city’s first Metro line, has tied up with leading icecream, mobile accessories, fast-food, stationery and confectionery chains to set up outlets at Metro stations.
They have also collaborated with a prominent private sector bank to have ATM services on each side of the concourse level, an MMOPL spokesperson said. The MMOPL, which has constructed the Metro corridor on a public-private partnership model, engaged consultancy firm Jones Lang LaSalle to identify the typical needs of commuters and plan the required facilities in Metro stations.
Retail and banking services will be available on all 12 stations, except for a mobile accessories store that will be set up only on eight stations excluding Azad Nagar, Chakala, Western Express Highway and Jagruti Nagar.