You may have to wait till December 2012 to ride on the metro rail. But the Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL) is not taking any chances with your security. From November 22, the MMOPL started running locomotives on the metro tracks to test their strength.
MMOPL ran a 64-tonne locomotive on a 1.2-km stretch to ensure that the tracks had the strength to handle traffic.
The locomotive was run inside the metro’s depot at DN Nagar. “The locomotive was run to test the fitness of the tracks that we have laid,” a senior MMOPL official said.
MMOPL is constructing the 11.07-km long metro line, which it claims will be functional by December 2012.
The MMOPL has so far laid out 3.7km of tracks for the metro rail . The total length of the track laid inside the depot is more than 1.5km while 2.2km has been laid on the viaduct.
The new line will ease traffic congestion and bridge the gap between the eastern and western parts of the city. The project will also reduce travel time between Versova and Ghatkopar from 90 minutes to 21 minutes, and will provide rail-based access to MIDC and SEEPZ.