Technical Snag Hits Mumbai Metro on Day One



Mumbai: Technical snag hit the Mumbai Metro on the first day of its operation today. The train, which was flagged off by Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan from the Versova station, was stranded for half an hour at Jagrati Nagar station near Ghatkopar.

“What a disappointing start for #Mumbai metro first train from Ghatkopar to Versova delayed. #MumbaiMetro,” tweeted a surfer, Vikas Mishra.

The Metro service was inaugurated today after a delay of three years and nearly double the original cost. In the first phase, which has been opened for public, the train will run between Versova (Western Mumbai)-Ghatkopar (East) route – a distance of 11.5 km.

For now, commuters will pay the inaugural fare of Rs. 10 for one month.

The Metro will provide crucial east-west connectivity in a linear and congested city gasping for space and drastically reduce the travel time. It will also connect the eastern and western suburban local train services which run from south Mumbai to the northern suburbs.

But the biggest advantage would be the substantial reduction in travel time from the current 90 minutes to about 20 minutes with the frequency of train at 3.5 mins. More info