Uddhav Thackeray is due to open two new Mumbai Metro lines to the public. The Maharashtra Chief Minister is expected to open the lines on Gudi Padva, the New Year of Maharashtra.
Nearly 8 years after the country’s financial capital received its initial east-west Mumbai Metro One route, two more lines are slated to be partially available to the public in the near future.
On the important Maharashtrian New Year Day, Gudi Padva, on April 2, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will open the two new Mumbai Metro lines for public use, a top official said on Monday.
“The two metro lines will be a driverless train operation known as BTC, commuter-friendly, and would be opened by the CM,” MMRDA Metropolitan Commissioner SVS Srinivas said.
Mumbai’s two new lines, Metro 2A and Metro 7, will be partially operational beginning this Saturday.
Metro 2A would run from Dahisar west to DN Nagar (Andheri west), and Metro 7 would travel from Dahisar east to Andheri east.
The northwestern suburbs are likely to profit greatly from new metro lines.
The MMRDA received final approvals and the Commissioner of Metro Rail Safety’s green light after meeting all of the conditions for the project, which had missed multiple preliminary timelines for commencing commercial operations since October 2021.
When finished, Metro 7 will be 33.50 km long with 29 stops, while Metro 2A would be 18 km long with 17 stations along route.
The two new Metro Lines, which run parallel to the Western Express Highway, the Western Railway suburban portion, the S.V. Road, and the Link Road, are designed to relieve road congestion and overcrowding in local trains by up to one-third.
The announcement comes nearly a year after Chief Minister Thackeray, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, and Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat launched the trial runs of these two lines in May.
On June 8, 2014, the first elevated 11.4-kilometer-long route, Mumbai Metro One Blue Line 1, was launched, linking Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar in the eastern and western suburbs of Mumbai.