Nearly 62 months after work commenced,Mumbaikars will finally be able to watch the Mumbai metro zipping above city streets. The company executing the project,Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd,will conduct a trial run of the Metro Wednesday with Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and other senior state government officials on board.
Trial runs of the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro have been conducted in the past few days. This will be for the first time that passengers will be on board.
The trial run will be conducted on a 3-km stretch between Versova car depot and Azad Nagar Metro station.
Work on the 11.4-km Mumbai metro started in February 2008 and was expected to be completed in three years. However,the project has been inordinately delayed.
Officials now say that a 7-km stretch from Versova to Airport Road will be thrown open for public use by September while the remaining stretch till Ghatkopar will be operational in early 2014.
As per the internal schedule,in the first phase,Chakala and Airport Road stations will be completed by the end of May. Versova,D N Nagar,Azad Nagar and Western Express Highway stations will be completed by mid-June,and the last station in this phase will be Andheri,which will be ready by mid-July. Work on all stations started between October 1 and October 12 last year.
Metro officials have been conducting trial runs within the Versova depot for a small distance. Earlier this week,officials conducted an extended run on the entire 3 km stretch.