The Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro is likely to start commercial operations only next year,with its rail car shed,which officials say is the most crucial part of the project,expected to be fully operational by October,after a delay of nearly 10 months.
An MMRDA official said the structural construction of the car shed is nearing completion,but work related to signalling and communication has slowed down,owing to which the depot is taking longer to be commissioned.
The depot is the most critical part of the project. Work on the communication and signalling side has slowed down a bit so we had a review meeting with officials from the consortium constructing the Metro corridor, said SVR Srinivas,additional metropolitan commissioner at the MMRDA.
The depot will take another four to five months to be commissioned. Most of the work left is related to laying of optical fibres and completion of signalling and communication systems, said Srinivas.
The entire corridor is expected to start commercial operations next year,though the deadline as per the contract with the concessionaire was March 2012. The 11.4-km Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro is being constructed by Mumbai Metro One,a consortium of Reliance Infrastructure,MMRDA and Veolia Transport.