Mumbai, India (Metro Rail Today): The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is now planning to open the first phase (Dahisar to Aarey Milk Colony) of Mumbai Metro Line 2A & 7 for the public before the monsoons. The Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) on February 19, 2022, commenced the safety inspection of the 20-km stretch of Mumbai Metro corridors 2A and 7 between Dahanukarwadi and Aarey, in the western suburbs. The CMRS inspection will go on over a period of one week.
“The Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) team is in Mumbai over the weekend to inspect phase one of the Metro Line 7 between the Dahisar to Aarey Milk Colony. The MMRDA is leaving no stone unturned to complete and open the line for the public in 30-45 days after the compliances and clearances and sanctions are in place,” said SVR Srinivas, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA.
The CMRS team will inspect the entire Metro system which includes rolling stocks, workshop, depot, corridor, stations, track, and overhead equipment. The CMRS safety inspection is the last statutory certification requirement before the metro line is opened to the public.
In January 2022, MMRDA had received provisional certification from the Research, Design and Standard Organisation (RDSO) for this 20-km stretch. The RDSO certification is one of the pre-requisite clearances needed to begin commercial operations of the metro trains.
The commercial operation of both lines (Metro 2A & 7) has been planned in two phases and the project has missed several deadlines owing to Covid situations in Mumbai. The remaining sections, apart from Phase 1, has also missed the deadline for the start of the trial run as most of the work is still pending there.
BEML has supplied a total of 10 rakes (Rolling Stock Metro Train) to MMRDA so far and trial runs are ongoing partially between Aarey and Dahisar East (Line 7) and Dahisar (West) and Dahanukarwadi (Line 2A). Phase 1 of the project, 2A and 7 corridors will cover 18 stations.
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