The first of the final three stages required to open the city’s first Metro rail route between Versova and Ghatkopar via Andheri has been completed. “The Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) of the Indian Railways has expressed satisfaction over the technical works done by the MMRDA and Reliance Infrastructure in building the route,” said metropolitan commissioner U P S Madan.
Now, the project requires similar certifications from the railway board and commissioner of metro railway safety (CMRS). Only after all three certifications are issued will a decision on the date of starting the Metro services will be taken.
The entire 12-km route is expected to be opened for commuters by the year-end as work on a few stations is on, sources said.
After RDSO issues a provisional certification regarding the speed of trains, it will be submitted to the CMRS. “The performance certificates in all sectors of construction and operation will be considered by the CMRS when issuing the final certificate,” said a source.