According to reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Mumbai on January 19 to celebrate the opening of the 5.96-km section of the Navi Mumbai Metro that runs between Central Park and Belapur stations. On the same day, they added, PM Modi is also scheduled to attend the commissioning of the 35-km section of the 2A and 7 lines of the Mumbai Metro.
Eknath Shinde, the chief minister of Maharashtra, and Devendra Fadnavis, his deputy, are planned to go to Davos to attend the World Economic Forum from January 15 to January 19. There is rumor that they may modify their plans to attend Davos, which is anticipated to provide investment prospects for Maharashtra, or they may return early for the Metro’s inaugural ceremony.
According to reports, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), which built the elevated Mumbai Metro 2A and 7 lines, is reportedly having trouble getting the government to confirm a timetable for the opening of these lines.
Both of these Metro lines cross Link Road and the Western Express Highway (WEH), and it is anticipated that they would ease congestion on the already-existing suburban local rail services as well as on these important thoroughfares.
Uddhav Thackeray, the then-chief minister of Maharashtra, officially opened the first phase of the 2A and 7 lines in April 2022. This 20-kilometer section runs from Dhanukarwadi (Kamran Nagar) to Aarey Colony in the western suburbs of Mumbai. This stretch brings about 25,000 cyclists every day on average.
According to representatives of Maha Mumbai Metro Operations Corporation Ltd (MMMOCL), the company responsible for the operation and maintenance of the metro rail, once the entire stretch of these two lines with 30 stations and a 35-km elevated corridor becomes operational, it can carry close to 3 lakh passengers daily.