Metro first line hinges on Andheri bridge


By Chittaranjan Tembhekar

The construction of a metro rail bridge above the existing Western Railway tracks near Andheri station , which sees huge train traffic daily, will decide when Mumbai’s first metro line between Versova and Ghatkopar can be opened to public.

Oddly , while the metro rail project is expected to be complete by August 2012, the tentative deadline for the Andheri rail bridge is set one month later – that is, September 2012.

The Mumbai Metro One Private Ltd (MMOPL), which is led by Reliance Infrastructure as well as the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), is eyeing test runs of the metro on the three-kilometer stretch between Versova and Azad Nagar stations by March 2012. Similarly , the entire project work has now been scheduled to be complete by August 2012, after the civil work for the viaduct and station is over by May 2012.