More than six years after construction started and after several missed deadlines, Mumbai’s first Metro corridor is scheduled to start commercial operations from Sunday.
Abhay Kumar Mishra, chief executive officer of the Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL), said, “We will start operations from tomorrow.”
The MMOPL, a consortium of Reliance Infrastructure, Veolia Transport and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), has constructed the 11.4-km Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro on a public private partnership model.
The project received the final safety clearance from the Railway Board on Thursday and since then the state government has been under pressure to start operations at the earliest.
The MMRDA declined to comment on whether commercial operations will be starting from Sunday.
Construction of the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro had started on February 2008 with an original cost estimate of Rs 2,356 crore. However, since then the cost has surged by Rs 1,935 crore.
The Metro will operate from 5.30 am till midnight. Trains will run at a frequency of one every four minutes during the rush hour and eight minutes otherwise. Of the 16 four-coach rakes procured, 14 will be used to run the line. One will be kept as an operations reserve and one for maintenance reserves. During off peak hours, about 7-8 trains will be deployed.
Trains will have four coaches each. The seating capacity of every coach will alternate between 48 and 52. Of these about 12 seats will be reserved for ladies, senior citizens and handicapped commuters. The overall capacity of one coach will be 375.