Mumbai: Mumbai’s Metro rail will begin running before April. Construction of the metro line stretching 12km and covering 12 stations has been completed, along with signal testing and system integration, Anil Ambani-led Reliance Infrastructure Ltd said on Thursday.
“Trial runs are being conducted regularly on the entire Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar corridor. Safety certification process is under way. Already received approvals from relevant authorities including fire department, electrical inspector general, etc.," the company said.
The 12km line linking the eastern and western suburbs of Mumbai will give residents an alternative to congested roads and packed commuter trains that offer little by way of passenger comfort and only run in a north-south direction, along the length of the island and its suburbs.
The corridor is being developed by Mumbai Metro One Pvt. Ltd, a consortium led by Reliance Infrastructure, which holds a 69% stake in the project. The other stakeholders in the ₹ 23,500-crore project are Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (26%) and Veolia Transport of France (5%).
In a separate development, Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on 1 February inaugurated India’s first monorail that will cut the travel time between Mumbai’s traffic-snarled suburban towns—Wadala and Chembur—by almost half.
Engineering and construction company Larsen and Toubro Ltd, in association with Scomi Group Bhd of Malaysia, has built the first monorail for Mumbai.