DHARAM DHUTIA Mumbai
Mumbaikars who are curious to see their first metro and monorail to function are in for bad news as the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority ( MMRDA) would most likely not have the trial runs of the
metro as well as monorail in 2011. ” As per the current development there is hardly any chance that the trail run could take place,” said an official from MMRDA requesting anonymity.
Two accidents near Mysore colony at the under construction site of monorail within a span of 40 days has rendered MMRDA helpless and as a result the authority does not want to have a trial run in the near future. ” The mono trial run that was scheduled for August would not take place and we are deciding on an appropriate future date,” said Dilip Kawathkar, Joint project Director, ( PR), MMRDA. The first phase of monorail from Chembur to Wadala is expected to be completed by June 2012, while the second phase from Wadala to Jacob Circle would be done by 2012 end.
On July 1 a beam weighing 60 tonnes collapsed at the monorail construction site on RCF Road in Chembur killing two persons and injuring three. While on August 10 a transformer had burnt and had to be shut down. As a result of these accidents, MMRDA wants to avoid a trial run to avoid any such incidents.
While the first corridor of the metro, Versova- Andheri- Ghatkopar ( VAG) executed by Mumbai Metro One Private Limited ( MMOPL), a company of Reliance Infra was set for a July trial run.