The Mumbai metro will finally start commercial operations from Sunday after a delay of three years, providing much-needed relief to the commuters in the bustling metropolis where the overburdened suburban railways ferries seventy lakh people every day.
Services on the 11.4 km Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar stretch, Phase 1 of the project, will commence on Sunday and trains will be available every four minutes, Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL) Chief Executive Abhay Mishra on Saturday.
The announcement by the operator came after local BJP MP Krit Somaiya yesterday threatened to start metro services by “force”.
For the city where the sight of harried passengers clinging precariously to the doors and windows of overcrowded coaches of suburban trains is common, the metro will give a new travel experience.
The company said it will operate 200-250 services a day, carrying around 11 lakh passengers. Every coach can carry 375 passengers, while the entire train can transport 1,500 commuters.
The metro service comes four months after the city got the country’s first monorail between suburban Chembur and Wadala on February 1 this year. More info