Navi Mumbai Metro’s Trial Runs Extended to Central Park
Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation (Maha Metro) and CIDCO on Thursday extended trial runs on Navi Mumbai Metro’s 11.10 km Line-1 to Central Park Station – the 5th station from the line’s northern terminal.
Manual train testing using CRRC Zhuzhou train-sets had originally started within Taloja Depot in August 2019 and on the main-line towards Pendhar Station in September 2019.
This is the first time trains have ventured southward towards the Kharghar side of the line.
As things stand right now – core civil work on the 4.5 km northern section (Pendhar – Central Park) is complete, with systems integration and architectural finishing work pending at its 5 stations of Pendhar, Panchanand, Sector 34, Pethpada and Central Park.
MahaMetro invited bids for the remaining (balance) construction work of the southern section (Central Park – CBD Belapur) in April, and the current bid submission deadline is May 18.
A new deadline for starting commercial operations has still not been announced even after MahaMetro took over as the Chief Engineer in February, but I’m looking at a mid-2022 partial opening for the northern section, with the rest opening later in 2023.
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