MUMBAI (Metro Rail News): Mumbai will now get a second metro line after eight years which can make the commute for people travelling in the western suburbs of the city more effortless.
The first-ever 11.40 km elevated Metro line which was constructed eight years back that connects Ghatkopar-Andheri-Versova, now two additional lines will be partially operational soon. The inspection on the lines was conducted after which The Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) gave the clearance.
As per the sources, the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) is constructing a 35-km stretch of two elevated Metro corridors – Line 2A between Dahisar and D N Nagar, and Line 7 between Dahisar East and Andheri East for which the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) has given a green signal. The CMRS started inspection on these two lines on February 20, after which it was permitted for operations. The CMRS while conducting an inspection several times has communicated flaws or rectifications that are needed on the lines to the MMRDA, which the MMRDA claims it has rectified.
The two new metro lines, 2A and 7, will run parallel in the east and west side of the suburb, with the aim to ease the traffic on the Western Express Highway which is the major roadway of Mumbai. After the whole 35 km of corridor is operational, the commuters can travel between Dahisar and Ghatkopar by Metro without exiting the Metro station. The commercial operation of both lines has been planned in two phases. In Phase 1 of the project, 2A and 7 corridors will cover 18 stations and the two lines will be joined.
Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) has supplied all the 10 Metro rakes to MMRDA for starting operations on these lines. The rakes are completely indigenous and can be driverless.