The Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) has said that the Mumbai Metro 1 is likely to be fully functional by next year. The statement came in a media release issued on Sunday.
Most of the civil work on Mumbai Metro’s first corridor spanning 11 km from Versova to Ghatkopar via Andheri is around 80% complete and major equipment and machinery requisite for the project has been delivered.
However, the communication does not mention the month of completion.
The Western Railway has also granted approval for carrying out work on the critical bridge at Andheri.
The Mumbai Metro 1 project is being implemented by a consortium led by Reliance Infrastructure, in partnership with the MMRDA and Veolia Transport.
The MMRDA communication stated that most of the station buildings and the depot were at an advanced stage of completion.
Some of the stations like Jagruti Nagar and Airport Road were almost 95% completed while other stations were 70-75% completed.
Metropolitan commissioner Rahul Asthana said, “Overall, more than 80% of the Metro 1 corridor has been completed and we expect the metro to be fully functional by next year”.
“We have managed to ensure that work is carried out smoothly, despite the monsoons. Also, most sections are being completed at a steady and rapid rate, despite the challenges in execution,” said an MMOPL spokesperson.