Mumbai: City’s Ist underground Metro rail service, the Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ stretch, will be ready for test rides by January 2018. Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC), Director (Projects), Subodh Gupta said test rides along the 33.5-km Metro 3 route would be conducted from January & the project was on track for a 2020 rollout. The work on building the tunnel for the underground service would start in October, Gupta said.
- Digging activity for the tunnel work and the 27 Metro rail stations to be built under the project has already started.
- The agency had identified land parcels near the Churchgate railway station, Mahalaxmi, Bandra-Kurla Complex, & the international airport to kickstart the tunnel building work, senior MMRC officials said.
- The MMRC organised a media trip On Thursday to showcase the work it has carried out so far.
- It is importing 6 boring machines from China for the tunnelling work, the MMRC said.
- Gupta said, an alternate boring technique would be used for Metro rail portions near Cuffe Parade and BKC due to seismic zone restrictions.
- The entire system would be waterproof, Gupta said.
- He said,“An efficient drainage system will be installed to ensure that the stations and rail tracks don’t flood.”
- The project will employ over 3,000 people.