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Mumbai Metro services to begin by end of March

Authorities say the much-awaited service may be opened to the public by March 31 without a formal inauguration, provided all approvals are in place

If authorities at the Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL) and Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) are to be believed, the big-ticket Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar (VAG) corridor could open on March 31. This, despite differences of opinion between MMOPL and the research wing of Indian Railway.

mid-day had reported yesterday about how the maximum speed of Metro would be curtailed due to difference in standards — during several trials that were carried out, the trains went up to speeds of 90 kmph. But the Research, Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO), Railways’ research wing, has allowed the Metro to go up to 50 kmph only.

RDSO inspected the VAG Metro corridor and submitted a report on its various parameters.

Moreover, the operational average speed could be as low as 35 kmph. Sources in railways said that very soon even the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) would undertake an inspection of the entire 11.07-km Metro route. After this, the compiled report shall be given to the Railway Board.

Once the multi-crore project gets the final clearance, it can be thrown open to the public without any formal inauguration. “If all permissions come in, then we would open the Metro rail by March 31,” said an MMOPL spokesperson. Government officials claim that they are doing everything to expedite this process, as the code of conduct levied for the general elections wouldn’t affect the starting of an ongoing project that is ready. The project is already running late by two years; it was supposed to be opened in 2012, but was delayed due to several reasons.

The many delays were mainly due to Right Of Way (ROW) at several locations over the years, shifting of underground utilities, laying of lines over rail tracks and red tape at various levels. 

Presently, there are 16 trains in its fleet, with the latest arriving only a couple of weeks ago.

Rs 4,500cr 
Total cost of the VAG Metro corridor

35 kmph 
Average speed at which Metro trains would run

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5 Comments

  • JACOB PAPPACHEN10-Mar-2014

    There is nothing to boast the project which took off in june 2006 is completed after 8 years . how much money has gone in the project and how much has gone in the personal account of the people involved God only knows. Now chana sing wala, fruit wala and many vendor will be selling their items in metro rail

  • sachin devkar27-Mar-2014

    yaar kab strat hoga ..plz strat karo yaar ...aroj off let pohch tah ho or roj boss ki gali milti hai ...upar se boss haf-day lagata hai .....kay karu bhgvan.....plz my request ......................

  • Regi10-Mar-2014

    Please provide more direct connections on the OH bridge between Andheri Rly Stn and Andheri Metro Stn, to take of the rush during peak hours. There is presently only one bridge at the northern end of the Rly Stn. connecting to the Metro Stn thru the Sky Walk, but being so narrow, it is sure there would be stampedes every day during morning and evening hours.

  • Ashok Gohil24-Mar-2014

    Though late then never. The trial runs have started.I request the authorities concerened to issue the monthly passes atleast 5-10days in advance, so genuine commuters(not the joy riders) going for work do not have to waste time in buying tickets and can avoid rush at the booking counters. Praying to god for earliest commencement.

  • Imran 11-Mar-2014

    Lets begin the metro first. MMOPL and MMRDA have been saying so many things for so long, that till we actually see the trains running i have no trust in their words.

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