New Delhi: The Mumbai Metro has been granted permission to begin airdropping of more than 3 million metro trains, the first of its kind in India, to boost the metro’s network capacity, the Indian Railways said.

The move comes after the government launched a plan to expand Mumbai’s metro network with more than 1.8 million metro lines in the next five years.

Airdropped trains will allow commuters to use the metro in the evenings and weekends, which would be cheaper for consumers.

It is the first time that a metro operator has given permission to this type of activity.

“We are keen to see how the Airdrops will work and how the system will improve,” Mumbai Metropolitan Corporation Chairman Ajay Bhushan said. 

Airdrop has the potential to be beneficial for consumers, the railways said in a statement.

“The number of metro trains will increase by up to 50% in the coming years, thus increasing the capacity of the metro,” Mumbai Metro said in its statement.

“Airdros will be conducted on a rotational basis.

This would reduce the need to purchase tickets and facilitate the introduction of the Metro,” the statement added.

In July, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated the metro system with a ceremony at a railway station in Mumbai, saying it will be a catalyst for growth and economic activity.