Navi Mumbai Metro Line 1 between Central Park in Kharghar and Pendhar can start operations by the end of this year

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Mumbai, India (Metro Rail Today)
: The Navi Mumbai residents can take a Metro from Central Park in Kharghar to Pendhar by the end of this year if all goes according to plan. The corridor is of 5km length and has five stations. The name of the stations are Pendhar, Pethali Taloja, Amandoot, Pethapada and Central Park. 

The Navi Mumbai Metro project, which is delayed by more than a decade, is now expected to start operations on the remaining six stations from Belapur to Kharghar by December 2022. The Navi Mumbai integrated elevated metro rail corridor is expected to not just connect the city’s nodes and boost the transit system but also act as an economic booster.

City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) is developing four elevated corridors under the Navi Mumbai Metro project that will connect to the proposed international airport. The entire first phase is a 11km line from Belapur to Pendhar and is a Rs 4,000-plus crore project. It has 11 stations, a depot for maintenance at Taloja and two traction sub-stations in Panchanand and Kharghar.

Sanjay Mukherjee (CIDCO VC, MD) said,

The project was delayed due to several engineering and other issues. The car sheds were ready, rakes procured but the stations did not come up. Maha Metro has a good track record on Metro project and hence its expertise has been sought for completion of the project and also for running it. With several important permissions in, we are now aiming for safety certification from commissioner, Metro Rail Safety. We will then be able to start partial commercial operations of Line 1 from by year end. The full operations should begin from December 2022.

The trial run of Line 1 was conducted successfully earlier this year. This was followed by Oscillation Trial under the guidance of Research Design and Structured Organisation (RDSO) in September. The ministry of telecommunications then inspected Stations 1 to 10 on the route and granted the Dynamic Clearance Certificate recently.

On Lines 2 and 3, the detailed project report of which has been approved by CIDCO, Sanjay Mukherjee said that they were waiting for a cabinet resolution by the Government of Maharashtra and a Government of India notification authorizing it as the agency for the project.

A spokesperson of Maha Metro said,
Various civil, electrical and system works that include electrification, signalling, telecommunications, among others for the Kharghar to Pendhar line are in the advanced stage of completion. The track work has also been completed.

The responsibility of Maha Metro includes recruitment and training of train operators, controllers, security and safety personnel and station staff, safe and punctual running of train and to provide passenger amenities at stations. 

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