Five years after work commenced, Mumbaikars will finally be able to watch the Mumbai metro zipping above city streets. Mumbai’s ambitious mass transit project – the Mumbai Metro – will have its first trial run today.
Marking the Maharashtra Day, Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan will flag off the Metro rail trial run on a three-km stretch between Versova and Azad Nagar station, along JP Road in Andheri. The project, which is a tie up between Reliance Infra and Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), was started in February 2008. AFP
The project, which is a tie up between Reliance Infra and Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), was started in February 2008 to augment the overburdened local service of the railways. The first phase of the metro will run between Versova to Ghatkopar and will connect western suburbs to eastern suburbs.
The entire stretch is expected to be operational by December 2013. The project, which was expected to be completed by 2008, faced many delays because of land acquisition and civil aviation permissions. The construction period also saw many accidents.