Nearly six years after construction started,authorities will for the first time be able to conduct end-to-end trial runs on the 11.4-km Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro,with the entire corridor having received clearance from the electrical inspector to the government.
Till date,Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL) the consortium constructing the Metro was conducting trial runs from Versova up to Airport Road station,a seven-km stretch for which it had received the electrical inspectors clearance in May.
U P S Madan,metropolitan commissioner,Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA),said,Trial runs can now be conducted right up to Ghatkopar. We are hoping to commission the entire corridor in December. Nearly all minor right of way issues that were obstructing the staircases,escalators and elevators near the stations have been sorted out.
Madan said a slight issue remains at Jagruti Nagar station,where the development authority needs to raise the road level for a staircase to be constructed. We will try to get a no-objection certificate from the fire department. If we dont get that in time,then we may start the line with one station less, he said.
Clearance from the electrical inspector to the government,a statutory authority appointed by the union ministry of power,for charging the overhead equipment signifies that the electrical system of the project has been commissioned and successfully tested.
The MMOPL had started the construction of the elevated Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro in 2008. The consortium consists of Reliance Infrastructure,Veolia Transport and MMRDA.