Work is on in full swing, to complete the project in the next 3-4 months!
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority has put the Metro project on a fast track for the completion of lines 2A and 7 within the next three-four months. As informed by the MMRDA on Tuesday, the number of teams working on the yellow and red metro corridors have also been increased, for faster execution of work. While officials refrained from quoting an exact deadline, the metro routes are likely to be operational by January'22.
Mumbai Metro project likely to wrap in a couple of months
The MMRDA Commissioner SVR Srinivas recently inspected the ongoing work at the metro corridors 2A and 7 and according to the officials' brief, expects the project to wrap up in the next couple of months. "I hope that these lines will be operational for the public in the next three to four months and two more lines will be in service within the next half a year," he added.
The Commissioner also informed that Metro work has been delayed by about 2 years due to reasons other than the pandemic lockdowns. As per project the timeline, work on Metro Red Line 7 from Andheri to Dahisar (E) and Yello Line 2A from Dahisar (W) to DN Nagar first started in 2016, aiming at 2019 inauguration. The COVID impact was recorded only after March 2020, much later the initial deadline.
"There were several issues like availability of space for entry and exit points of the stations, encroachments of the worksites and some other reasons. We had to face some litigations also and rehabilitations of residents from encroachment sites was also very tedious and time-consuming," he added.
The 'catch-up' plan
However, a 'catch up' plan has been devised by the MMRDA now to expedite the completion of the project. "We have increased the number of our teams who are working in '24 by 7, 365 days' pattern now, the Commissioner stated. The work pattern has also been altered from the sequential to the parallel method, to implement work simultaneously in various phased of the ongoing project.
The official also ensured the availability of metro coaches in time. "We have already received four trains and another will be delivered to us in a day or two. Seven more coaches will come to us in few days. So, we will have 12 trains in a month's time," he said.
Once operational, the two lines are collectively expected to shoulder about 12% of the traffic commuting via the Western Railways (WR) in Mumbai. Additionally, around 25% of motorists travelling on the Western Express Highway will also be diverted to the metro convenience.