Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Mumbai on January 19 and likely to inaugurate the 35-km stretch of Mumbai Metro Line-7 and 2A as per reports, but still there is no clear confirmation.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis are scheduled to visit Davos in Switzerland to attend the World Economic Forum between January 15 and 19. However, there are speculations that they may come back before the Metro inauguration event or change their plans to visit Davos, which is expected to bring investment opportunities for Maharashtra, reported The Indian Express.
This is why, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), which has constructed the 2A and 7 lines of Mumbai Metro, is struggling to get dates for the inauguration of these lines from the government, said sources.
Mumbai Metro 2A and 7 lines to reduce traffic
The two new metro lines, 2A and 7, named the yellow line and red line, passing between Link Road and Western Express Highway (WEH), will bring comfort to the Mumbaikars in terms of travel. These two new metro lines are expected to reduce traffic from the major roads in these regions as well as help reduce crowding in existing suburban local train services.
The upcoming two lines will have interchange stations at Andheri west (Line 2A) and Gundavali in Andheri East (Line 7) with the existing Metro Line One at DN Nagar and WEH stations, respectively, reported The Indian Express.
Earlier in April 2022, then Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray flagged off the 20-km stretch of 2A and 7 lines from Dhanukarwadi (Kamran Nagar) to Aarey Colony in the western suburbs of Mumbai, in the first phase. On average, this stretch is drawing 25,000 passengers daily, reported The Indian Express.
After the entire stretch of these two lines, with 30 stations and a 35-km elevated corridor, becomes operational, it is expected to carry nearly 3 lakh ridership per day, as per the officials of Maha Mumbai Metro Operations Corporation Ltd (MMMOCL), which is engaged in the operation and maintenance of the metro rail.
source: Times Now