Mumbai Metro may get Safety Nod before May 1

मुंबई Mumbai: The final safety certification of Mumbai’s first metro is nearing completion and if insiders are to be believed, the train could get the nod before May 1, which is Maharashtra Day.

Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CMRS) P.S.Baghel has been rigorously inspecting various parameters of running the metro in Mumbai since April 17. He first visited the D.N.Nagar car shed, later reviewing the entire metro system, comprising rolling stocks, workshop, depot, corridor, stations, track and OHE.

The CMRS will authorise MMOPL to commence passenger operations on the 11.4 km Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar metro line upon being satisfied with detailed tests and trials.

An MMOPL spokesperson said that the line would be opened for commercial use as soon as the safety certificate was issued. Joint project director of MMRDA (projects), Dilip Kawathkar, said, “We are just awaiting the certificate of CRMS, which is a statutory requirement to operationalise the system.”

Once the metro line is thrown open to the public, commuters’ travel time will be cut down to approximately 20 minutes from the current nearly two hours through various modes of transport.