The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority carried out a metro rail trial run between Versova and Azadnagar in Andheri on the occasion of Maharashtra Day, covering 3 km.
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, who flagged off the run, announced the
trials would continue for the next few months, in order to secure
certification from the commissioner, Railway Safety.
Mr Chavan said that “We expect the first phase from Versova to the
airport road to start around September, and the second from the airport
road to Ghatkopar by the year end.”
The project is being developed under a public-private-partnership by a Reliance Infrastructure-led consortium, Mumbai Metro One.
The 11.4 km elevated tracks will connect the western suburb of Versova
to the eastern suburb of Ghatkopar through Andheri. There will be 12
stations, and it will take 21 minutes to cover the distance, compared to
the one and a half hours by road.
The capacity of one coach will be 295 passengers, while the capacity of
one train, comprising four coaches, is estimated to be 1,178 passengers.
The metro is expected to carry 600,000 commuters a day. The fares are
expected to be between INR 10 and INR 15.
The project cost was envisaged at INR 2,356 crore and MMRDA had
predicted an implementation schedule between 2007 and 2012. However, it
has been delayed due to issues relating to clearances from the
environment, railways, civil aviation and security agencies. Besides,
problems in land acquisition and rehabilitation of project-affected
persons also led to revision in the schedule.
Source - Business Standard
Targeting Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, NCP today asked him to direct the state housing body MHADA to lower prices of flats in this year's lottery, and demanded a clear statement on when the under-construction Mono-rail and Metro rail in Mumbai would start operating.
Speaking to reporters here, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said the
rich can purchase flats at any cost, but government housing schemes were
for the poor. "MHADA should ensure that there are affordable houses for
the poor and the middle classes," he said.
MHADA flats were now out of bounds for the common man and as the
Housing department was with the Chief Minister, he should look into the
matter urgently, Ajit said.
NCP spokesperson Nawab malik echoed Ajit in his weekly media briefing
later. Malik alleged that MHADA was competing with private builders,
which had made buying flats in Mumbai impossible for the common man. The
Chief Minister should direct MHADA to lower the rates, he said.
In a dig at the Chief Minister, Malik also said that instead of
flagging off safety trial runs of Metro Rail, Chavan should take the
MMRDA bureaucrats to task for delaying various projects in Mumbai.
Chavan is the chairman of MMRDA, a planning body, in his capacity as Urban Development Minister.
Projects such as Santacruz-Chembur link road, some works at Jogeshwari
Vikhroli Link Road, eastern freeway, MUTP-1 have not been completed for
over a decade, he pointed out.
Metro phase one construction started eight years ago but still trial
runs were on, Malik said, adding that instead of "just showing
trailers", Chief Minister should tell people of Mumbai when Metro will