By Accommodation Times News Service
The Versova- Andheri –Ghatkopar Metro Line has finally been taken under the Central Metro Railways Act 2009 which will allow it to get the safety certification mandatory for it open. When Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd started its construction of the 11.4 km corridor the project was under the guidance of the Indian Tramways Railways Act 1886. The Metro Railways Act being applied will ensure that the project gets its safety certification from the research design and standard organization commissioner of the metro rail safety and the railway board. The ministry of the Urban Development issued a notification of its inclusion in the newer act on November 18.
The Versova- Andheri- Ghatkopar Metro Line is an 11.4km elevated corridor which initially estimated of Rs.2, 356crore when the concession agreement was signed between the Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd and the state government in 2007 but with deadline been extending due to delay in completion for seven times, the current cost has been escalated to Rs. 4,321crore. 15 million commuters are expected to be benefited by the corridor with the trains every 3 min frequency.
The spokesperson from MMOPL said, the development has cleared major hurdles in the way of the metro commercial operations. We will approach the RDSO and CMRS for the safety certification. We anticipate that it will be opened for the public within this financial year. On November 9 trial run was carried out on the entire corridor for the first time.
MMRDA said, the agency has welcomed the decision as the major hurdle has been cleared. Now the metro will start for public soon.