Mumbai: Metro line 7 that will be running from Andheri (East) to Dahisar (East), a 16.475-km stretch having 13 stations is likely to be ready by mid-2020, said a senior official of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), which is undertaking this project.
According to the authority, the first part of metro track-laying work began on June 16 near the National Park and will continue for 2-3 days. The rails imported from Japan were transported from Wadala yard using 70 feet trailer to the site. Thereafter, a 50-tonne crane moved the rail bundles (each consisting 3 rails) on the viaduct, informed MMRDA.
Another MMRDA official informed that Metro 7 line civil work is expected to complete by December 2019, and thereafter, the trial runs will start in early 2020. “Only after the successful tests, the line will be thrown open to public,” the official, requesting anonymity, asserted.
The Metro 7 line is considered to be one of the crucial networks in the western suburban. Once operational, it is likely to reduce the transport problem significantly.
Moreover, individual car users are also expected to use this metro corridor, reducing the traffic on the Western Express Highway, as the line is running parallel to the highway.
Interestingly, each rake running on Metro 7 will have six cars unlike Metro 1 (Ghatkopar-Andheri-Versova), which is operating trains with four cars, currently. The official stated, “After the first prototype is delivered, three trains will be delivered every month.”