Metro Line 1 of Navi Mumbai is scheduled to open soon

01 Apr 2023

The Navi Mumbai Metro line, which has been under construction since 2011, is now projected to open in a few months. The corridors are 11.1 km long and feature 11 stations from Belapur to Pendhar. The project's managing body, CIDCO, is working to have the Commission of Railway Safety (CMRS) certify the Belapur-Kharghar section. The Kharghar-Pendhar length already has CMRS certification, thus when it is acquired, the line will be operating. CIDCO recently selected MahaMetro to oversee the operations of the Navi Mumbai Metro Line 1. Officials claim that CIDCO had previously asked numerous government bodies for bids on the development, management, and upkeep of the metro. Only the engineering portion of the project piqued the interest of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). MahaMetro was consequently selected to manage the project.

MahaMetro has been given the power to engage engineering specialists and oversee O&M tasks for the following 10 years under a contract worth around Rs 1 billion. According to the contract, CIDCO will pay MahaMetro Rs 500 million annual maintenance fee payment, and MahaMetro would oversee operations and revenue collection for Navi Mumbai Metro Line 1. One of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region's most stalled infrastructure projects is the Navi Mumbai Line 1, which connects Belapur and Pendhar and contains 11 metro stations.

The shortage of contractors and specialists, according to the authorities, was to blame for the project's delay. However, work was able to resume in 2017 after CIDCO sought the assistance of reputable companies. CIDCO plans to run the Navi Mumbai Line 1 at intervals of 15 minutes during peak hours. The line contains a maintenance depot at Taloja, two traction sub-stations in Panchanand and Kharghar. Following the opening of Line 1, work will start on the Metro 2, 3, and 4's remaining three lines.

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