Metro to be ready by 2012-end only



MUMBAI: The Metro’s first line (Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar) will be ready only by the end of 2012, and not early next year, as planned. This follows a “realistic assessment” by officials of Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL), which is constructing the Metro.

MMOPL is owned by Reliance Infrastructure, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and a French multinational, Veolia Transport.

The project encountered several problems when it began. .: Many shopkeepers at Andheri station had to be rehabilitated, there were problems of “right of way” and complaints that the large drills used for construction were affecting buildings along the route.

However an MMOPL spokesperson said most of the problems were now behind them. “Work is on at various project phases simultaneously; these include construction of stations, depots, track work, overhead electrification and signaling,” he said.