The Maharashtra Urban Development Minister has revealed its plan to open two Mumbai metro corridors for public use by May 2021. Metro line 2-A, from Dahisar to DN Nagar and Corridor 7, from Dahisar E-Andheri E, may get operational by end of May this year, stated the Development Minister. As per reports, these two lines will use the first-ever Made in India carriages which are being manufactured in Bangalore. The first six metro cars will be delivered to Mumbai in the next six months, informed the Urban Development Ministry.
Enabling rapid transport, 2 new metro lines to get operational in Mumbai
In a bid to boost high-connectivity in Mumbai, two new metro corridors will flag off operations by May, read reports. The metro carriages plying on these lines, 2-A and 7, will be the first indigenously developed carriages, being built at Bengaluru's Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML). As per reports, the first metro-car has departed from Bengaluru on January 23 and set to arrive at Charkop depot in Mumbai, on January 27, the Minister informed.
A statement from the Officer of Urban Minister further highlighted that these India-made carriages are an economical resort, costing only ₹8 crores for each coach as opposed to foreign manufacturing's ₹10 crores. The local development agency, MMRDA has ordered BEML to provide Mumbai with 63 trains at the cost of ₹3,015 crores. As per reports, each coach will be able to carry 380 commuters. The Urban Development Minister has stated that though the metro will be equipped with driver-less, automated technology, it won't be augmented initially for public safety.
Metro Line 2-A and 7 are the second instalments of the rapid transport system in Mumbai, which received the Ghatkopar-Versova corridor in 2014. In a statement, the Urban Development Minister shared that in five years, Mumbai would be running a metro-network of 337 km. He pinned the general slow-down of March 2020 on the COVID pandemic outbreak but also highlighted that now civil construction is now in full swing.