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“The trial process started on Friday evening and the metro rail rolled out of the Versova car depot to run up to Azad Nagar (also known as Indian Oil Junction),” confirmed SVR Srinivas, additional metropolitan commissioner, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).
With an expertise of nearly 150 years in operating its Tube, Transport For London will now help build a 150-km long Mumbai Metro rail network, officials said here Monday. Transport for London (TFL) is a British organisation that manages transport services across London.
Navi Mumbai will have metro rail by December 2014 and the much-awaited Navi Mumbai International Airport project will take off in six months, said Tanaji Satre, managing director of the City and Industrial Development Corporation Ltd (CIDCO), the nodal agency for the city’s development, during his address at the Hindustan Times for Navi Mumbai Conclave 2012 held at Vashi on Thursday.
Mumbai Metro was an infrastructure project which was expected to transform the way the Maximum City commutes. The project promised to connect the central and western suburbs with air-conditioned trains; a distance of 11 km was to be covered in less than 25 minutes as compared to 90 minutes taken by car or bus at present.
A two-member expert committee appointed by MMRDA has said the mishap at the Airport Road Metro Station site last month was due to technical and natural reasons. The accident had left one person dead and 16 injured. The committee report, however, is silent on possible negligence on the part of Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL), the Reliance Infrastructure-led consortium in charge of the construction, or sub-contractor Hindustan Construction Company.
The route is now clear for Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro. Removing the last hurdle in land acquisition, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has reached an agreement with a temple obstructing construction of the proposed Asalfa Metro Station.
US-based water technology provider Xylem today said it has bagged an order to develop wastewater treatment and recycling system for the Mumbai metro rail project. The system will cater to the entire wastewater treatment needs of the metro project. It incorporates a 1.2 million litre capacity sewage treatment plant with wastewater recycling capabilities, the company said in a statement here.
The recent mishap at a Metro site on Andheri-Ghatkopar Road is also expected to affect the timetable . Work on the line has been stopped for a few days while a safety audit is carried out. MMRDA refused to comment on RInfra officials’ assertions, just stating it had planned on getting the “right of way” as the project progressed.