CMRS starts inspection of Phase 1 of Mumbai Metro corridors 2A and 7

The inspection will take place over the course of one week. SVR Srinivas, MMRDA's metropolitan commissioner, confirmed the news and said the inspection would last a few days.

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Mumbai (Metro Rail News): On Saturday, the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) commenced the compulsory inspection of the delayed Phase 1 of Mumbai Metro lines 2A and 7 between Dahanukarwadi and Aarey, a 20 KM length in the western suburbs.

On Friday, the CMRS team came to the city to conduct the inspection, which is a required step before the metro line can be activated. To begin commercial operation of the service, the CMRS must issue a mandatory and necessary clearance.

The inspection will take place over the course of one week. SVR Srinivas, MMRDA’s metropolitan commissioner, confirmed the news and said the inspection would last a few days.

MMRDA obtained provisional certification for the stretch from the Research, Design and Standard Organisation (RDSO) last month. One of the pre-requisite clearances for commercial metro operations is the RDSO accreditation.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) is building a 35-kilometre stretch of two elevated Metro corridors – Line 2A between Dahisar and D N Nagar and Line 7 between Dahisar East and Andheri East 

Both lines’ commercial operations were planned in two phases, and the project missed its initial dates.

MMRDA is currently testing the lines between Aarey and Dahisar East (Line 7) as well as Dahisar (West) and Dahanukarwadi (Line 2A). As part of Phase 1 of the project, 2A and 7 corridors will cover 18 stations.

MMRDA has previously stated that Phase 1 of the project, which includes the Metro 2A and 7 lines, will be operational in October 2021. It has, however, been postponed. The phase corridors are now projected to be operating within the next month.

Apart from Phase 1, the remaining stretch has also missed the date for the start of the trial run because most of the work is still pending there.

Meanwhile, Bharat Earth Movers Limited has delivered all 10 Metro rakes to MMRDA in preparation for the lines’ first operation. The MMRDA has also put together a tentative timetable for Metro services along the route.

Separate coaches for physically challenged people and ladies are expected to be available on Metro rakes.

According to an official, “The timetable and other things are under review, and we are preparing to start the operation and all the necessary things required for it — from training the ticket issuing staff to running the services. A mock drill was conducted at Aarey station on Friday as a practical training session for the employees working at the station so that they could get a brief knowledge of how to handle certain situations at the time.”

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