By MANASI PHADKE www.indianexpress.com
The city’s first Metro rail trial run, for which a four-compartment train was procured last year, is likely to take place by December-end, after a delay of over a year, on the Versova-Andheri stretch.
The train arrived last April from Shanghai, China, and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had planned a short trial run by August 15, after the city got a glimpse of the first monorail run on Republic Day the same year. “The exact date has not been decided, but there could be a trial run on the Versova-Andheri stretch by the year-end,” MMRDA spokesperson Dilip Kawathkar said.
The construction of the first Metro line, the 11.4-kilometre long Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar corridor, started in February 2008. Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd, a special purpose vehicle formed by Reliance Infrastructure, MMRDA and Veolia Transport are constructing the route. The second set of the Metro trains is expected to be shipped from China next month.