Work on the citys first Metro line is on at a furious pace with a short trial run likely in May. Internal deadlines set by the team working on the project suggest that work on all stations covered in the first phase will be completed by July.
The trial run will be on a short stretch of about 2.5 km from the car depot in Versova to Azad Nagar Metro station,as per the tentative plan discussed in a review meeting of the project earlier this week. The entire Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar elevated Metro corridor will be 11.4 km in length.
The effort is to conduct the trial run on Maharashtra Day.
We are trying to schedule the trial run for May 1,it being a day of historic importance. Engineers are trying their best to complete all work by then on this stretch. However,it could be a few days here or there, a senior official at Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) said on the condition of anonymity.
Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL) the consortium implementing the project on public private partnership plans to complete the first phase from Versova to the Airport road station by August. MMOPL is a consortium of Reliance Infrastructure,Veolia Transport and MMRDA.
As per the current schedule,work on first phase is likely to be over by mid-August after which there would be trial runs for 25 days, the official said. The second phase will take a little longer as the entire team is focusing on the first phase. In the second phase up to Ghatkopar,about four girders are left to be launched, he added.
As per the internal schedule drawn up by engineers,among stations that would be part of the first phase,the Chakala and Airport road stations will be completed by the end of May. The Versova,DN Nagar,Azad Nagar and Western Express Highway stations will be completed by mid-June,and the last station to be ready in this phase would be Andheri by mid-July. Work on all stations started between October 1 and October 12 last year.
The laying of tracks on the viaduct is nearly over for the first phase. VNC Rail One,a joint venture between Visakhapatnams VNC and Germanys Rail One,was in charge of the track laying work,and the rails were imported from Austria.
Activities for installation of automatic fare collection equipment,being undertaken by Spanish firm Indra,have started at DN Nagar and engineers are targeting a July-end deadline.