Versova-Ghatkopar Metro may kick off, but partially


By Ninad Siddhaye

In all likelihood, Mumbai’s first metro route running between Versova and Ghatkopar via Andheri will be opened partially due to issues related to Right Of Way. The Reliance Infrastructure led consortium (Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd or MMOPL) has made it clear in a presentation, which will be shown to chief secretary Ratnakar Gaikwad on Friday.

Mumbai metro
Mumbai metro

Gaikwad will review the infrastructure projects undertaken by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority and the progress of the metro rail corridor.

In the presentation, the consortium has claimed that the metro will have to be commissioned partially. “The Versova to Azad Nagar stretch is shaping up well and we can start the test run by February 2012. If all permissions are obtained by MMRDA on time, we can commission this stretch by March or April 2012. This will be subject to technical clearances, which is MMRDA’s responsibility,” the presentation stated.

Sources revealed that the MMOPL has come out with a number of pending issues, which are responsible for the delays in commencing the 11 km metro corridor.

The car depot in DN Nagar is a issue, which MMRDA needs to take care of. Among these, is an eight-metre road, which belongs to a private developer. Moreover, some portion of civic land and shifting of a 110 kv transmission line of Tata Electrical Company is a problem. In Asalfa, the Maheshwar temple issue has to be sorted out. Open setbacks of Azad Nagar, Versova and Ghatkopar metro stations are yet to be resolved.

The consortium got its first train from CSR Nanjing, China. While final touches for the second train are in on, six trains are being tested, six others are being assembled and bodies of two trains are being built, according to the presentation.