Metro operations on corridors 2A & 7 will be kickstarted immediately after getting the RSDO & final certificate of the Railway Safety Board
Very soon, multiple metro corridors will be functional in Mumbai, providing an upgrade to rapid commute here. As per reports, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority has successfully completed the RDSO phase 1 metro trials along the 20 km stretch between Dhanukarwadi and Aarey, falling on Line 2A and 7 of the Mumbai Metro Project. The formal certification is expected to be issued soon.
Notably, MMRDA has already received the OHE electrification approval, which means the commercial operations can be started here as soon as the authority receives final safety certification from the Railway Safety Boards.
Provisional launch slated in early 2022
Mumbai Metro corridors, 2A and 7 that will branch from Dahisar to DN Nagar and Andheri East, respectively will soon become reality. As per the scheme timeline, operations along Phase-1 of Line 7 have been lined up for an early 2022 launch. Metro services on this corridor will run from Aarey to Dahisar East, before shifting to 2A from Dahisar to Dhanukarwadi.
Only a 20 km patch of these two corridors, covering 9 stations on each line will be opened for public use in the initial phase. Line 2A and 7 otherwise stretch through a distance of 35.1 km, including a completely elevated route of 18.6 km on the Yellow 2A and 16.5 km Red 7 Line.
'Make in India' driverless rakes to be deployed here
The MMRDA is planning to deploy 10 metro rakes on the two lines, of which two have already been acquired. These trains are driverless, developed indigenously to run on a 25 kV AC traction power, stepping the pedal on the 'Make in India' dream.
All rakes are equipped with CCTV cameras, optical fibres for internet connectivity, on the basis of an energy conservation model. Going by reports, these trains can also switch to renewable sources of power, to ensure uninterrupted runs even in case of electricity shortage or outage.