After Monorail, Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro in its last leg of testing

The corridor has been constructed at a estimated cost of Rs.4,321 cr and has 12 metro stations 

After throwing open the Chembur-Wadala corridor of the monorail to the public, the much anticipated Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd’s (MMOPL) Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar corridor is inching towards eventual commissioning soon. The Reliance Infrastructure promoted MMOPL has now commenced a two week final testing of the trains between Versova to Ghatkopar. Rinfra sources however are tigh-lipped about the actual date of commissioning and the fare structure.

In a statement issued here yesterday, Rinfra disclosed that a 10-member team from the Research Designs and Standards Organization (RDSO), Lucknow are currently conducting trials runs to assess the trains performance, oscillation and Emergency Braking Distance (EBD). Following these tests the RDSO will submit its report to the Commissioner for Metro Railway Safety (CMRS) for final safety verification. The CMRS after detailed tests and trials will authorise MMOPL to commence passenger operations on the stretch.

In an official statement Rinfra adds “RDSO is an important statutory body for certifying metro safety. We have internally tested entire metro system satisfactorily for some time now; we are confident that RDSO will be satisfied with the system performance and certify the requisites”. The 11.07 Km long VAG MMOPL corridor has been constructed at a estimated cost of Rs.4,321 crore and has 12 metro stations. The 12 stations on the route in chronological order are: Versova, DN Nagar, Azad Nagar, Andheri, Western Express Highway (WEH), Chakala, Airport Road, Marol Naka, Saki Naka, Asalfa, Jagruit Nagar and Ghatkopar. A total of 16 trains are expected to ply on the route with each train comprising of 6 coaches which can be extended in future. Each coach has a carrying capacity of 375 passengers.