Mumbai, India (Urban Transport News): Mumbaikars’ hopes of taking a ride on Mumbai Metro’s new upcoming Metro Lines 2A and 7 in 2021 will not be fulfilled as the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has postponed its plan to launch these lines for the public from October 2021 to January 2022. has been postponed. .
On May 31, 2021, the MMRDA began a trial run on a 20-km stretch of Mumbai Metro’s Lines 2A and 7 between Dahanukarwadi and Aarey stations running along the Link Road and Western Express Highway in Mumbai’s western suburbs. The trial run was started in the presence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat, who flagged off the trial run of the Metro train.
“A team from Research Design and Standards Organization (RDSO, Lucknow; acting as technical advisor and consultant to Railways) will start the inspection next week. The Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) may start the inspection of Line 7 in October,” said SVR Srinivas, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, while updating the progress of Metro projects.
He said that MMRDA will start commercial operations on both the corridors with 10 trains, of which two have arrived.
Earlier, the MMRDA had set a deadline of December 2019 for starting the operation of metro trains on Line 2A and Line 7, but the Covid-19 pandemic caused major delays and the work came to a standstill due to migrant exodus.
Mumbai currently has an 11.4 km long metro line (Mumbai Metro 1), which connects Versova with Ghatkopar via Andheri since June 2014. Since then no new lines and sections of the Metro Rail project have been opened to the public.
The 18.6 km Mumbai Metro Line 2A will connect Dahisar to DN Nagar with 17 elevated stations being constructed at a cost of Rs 6,400 crore, while Line 7A (16.5 km) will connect Dahisar (East) to Andheri with 13 elevated Metro stations. Will connect with Built at a cost of Rs 6,200 crore.
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