Metro 7 that will connect Dahisar (East) and Andheri (East) is set to miss its December 2019 deadline owing to delay in finalising contracts for the supply of rolling stock. With Metro 2A (Dahisar-D N Nagar) set to be thrown open for the public in 2020, both lines in the western suburbs will be functional in 2020, said officials in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).
When work began on the Metro 7, the MMRDA had announced that it would be completed by December 2019. Currently, 70 per cent of the civil work for Metro 7 is complete and civil work on Metro 2A is also at a similar stage. The MMRDA said civil work on both corridors will be completed by the end of 2018.
Metropolitan Commissioner R A Rajeev said that failure to get rolling stock on time is the reason for missing the original deadline for Metro 7. “Due to some issues with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), we failed to get the funds for the rolling stock,” he said.
The MMRDA spokesperson said the ADB is providing the MMRDA with finance for three Metro projects — Rs 2,200 crore for Metro 7, Rs 2,800 crore for Metro 2A, and Rs 2,000 crore for Metro 2B.
Rajeev said they intend to award a contract for rolling stock for all three metro corridors soon. “By November 2019, we will have the first set of rolling stock. By December 2019, we will begin trials on Metro 7 and Metro 2A,” he said.
Planners are hopeful that Metro 7 will ease the pressure on Mumbai’s suburban trains as commuters between Andheri and Dahisar will not need to use the local train services.