The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) in its latest update stated that it is likely to commence the Phase 2 of Mumbai Metro line 2A and 7 by the end of this year, 2022.
Moreover, it has come to light that the trial runs for the second phase of Line 7 (Andheri-east to Dahisar) and Line 2A (Dahisar to Andheri-west) will commence in September.
The trials will be monitored by Research, Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO). The teams will check the entire integration system, including civil works and signalling. Therafter, MMRDA will invite commissioner of Metro Rail Safety (CRS) for final certification before the corridor is thrown open for commercial run.
It is pertinent to note that MMRDA had expected the work to be completed on this stretch by August 15 when Phase I of both these lines (20 km) were opened in April. However, the work has stretched beyond this deadline.
For those unversed, phase I of both these lines were opened for commuters on April 2. The average daily ridership on this corridor that runs between Aarey-Dahisar-Dahanukarwadi is 27,000.
While Metro 2A is 17.5-km long, Metro 7 that runs between Dahisar and Western Express Highway metro station is 18.6-km long.
MMRDA has estimated per day ridership to touch a maximum of 6.7 lakh each on both the lines after it runs on the entire stretch, which is expected to increase after line 7 will get connected with Line 1 at Andheri East on Western Express Highway station and DN Nagar Metro station on Andheri West on Line 2.