Mumbai: On the occasion
of Maharashtra Day, Mumbaikars were treated to a successful trial
run of the state's first Metro railway Wednesday.
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan flagged off the three-km long
trial run of the Mumbai Metro between Versova and Azad Nagar in
north Mumbai's Andheri suburb.
The section is a part of the 11.40 km Versova-Ghatkopar corridor
which will provide a vital east-west link and drastically reduce
travel time from the existing 90 minutes to barely 20 minutes.
Chavan said that the Versova-Ghatkopar line will become
operational by December.
He said the Metro would be extended to the adjacent Thane district
and work on a separate monorail project expedited.
The Mumbai Metro's Versova-Ghatkopar first phase is being
constructed at a cost of around Rs.2,356 crore by a Reliance
Infrastructure-led consortium on behalf of Mumbai Metropolitan
Region Development Authority (MMRDA).
The Metro sector is an elevated corridor supported by columns at
the road median and will enable connectivity of eastern-western
suburbs to the Western Railway and Central Railway.
The MMRDA plans to provide an interchange facility within the two
railway networks at Ghatkopar and Andheri.
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