MUMBAI (Metro Rail News): According to an official from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), track laying work on Metro Lines 2A (Dahisar to DN Nagar) and 7 (Dahisar East to Andheri East) has been finished except for 500 metres. He also stated that the trackwork on Line 7 had been completed, with only 500 metres of work remaining on Metro Line 2A, which will be completed in a fortnight.
The MMRDA, the state government’s nodal agency for metro development in the MMR, is now constructing roughly 180 kilometres of a massive network, with Metro Lines 2A and seven slated to open this year. However, the wait for Phase 1 (Dahanukarwadi and Aarey) on both of these lines may be extended further since clearance certification from offices under the supervision of the union ministry is expected.
The MMRDA is currently conducting a dynamic trial run on a 20-kilometre length, which has already been visited and examined by a team from the research, design, and standards organisation (RDSO). When the official was asked if this stretch would be open to the public, He responded, “Yes, it is now fully dependent on the RDSO’s clearance certificate. After then, the commissioner of railway safety (CRS) must issue another clearance certification. Then and only then can commercial activities begin.”
Metro Line 2B (D N Nagar to Mandale), Metro Line 4 & 4A (Wadala-Kasarvadavali—Gaimukh), Metro Line 5 (Thane to Kalyan), Metro Line 6 (Swami Samarth Nagar to Vikhroli), and Metro Line 9 (Swami Samarth Nagar to Vikhroli) are among the other routes being built by MMRDA (Andheri to CSIA and Dahisar to Mira Bhayander).
According to the MMRDA, civil works on these metro lines have already commenced and are projected to be completed by 2022-2024. Meanwhile, the MMRDA has begun the process of establishing a Metro Line 7, 7A, and nine depots at a new location in Rai Murdhe, Bhayandar.
Previously, just a Line 7 depot was proposed on property owned by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) at Dahisar. According to the official, “The collector has received a letter of land acquisition. Because it is privately owned land, their office will perform the land acquisition, and MMRDA will pay the compensation. After that, the further works for the depot construction can begin.”