Mumbai, India (Urban Transport News): Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) received the first 'Made in India' train set for Mumbai Metro's Line 2 and Line 7 from BEML Limited on 28th January 2021. This train set reached Mumbai on Thursday morning through big trailers.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackrey has unveiled the new metro train coaches at Charkop Depot today. Aaditya Thackeray, Eknath Shinde, Ajit Pawar, Balasaheb Thorat, Aslam Shaikh and other ministers were present at the event. The coaches of the first train set were dispatched on 24th January 2021 from BEML's CV Raman Nagar Facility Centre, Bengaluru.
Apart from unveiling the new Metro Train, Chief Minister also launched 'one nation - one card', Operation Control Centre (OCC), Receiving Sub-station and Charkop depot. This mobility card will ensure a smooth journey in Mumbai and Mumbai Metropolitan Region in any public transport system in the near future
The trial runs for Metro 2A and 7 will begin in March and operations are expected to start from May.
BEML is manufacturing a total of 96 new train-sets for the Mumbai Metro Rail project. In November 2018, BEML had secured a contract worth Rs 3,015 from Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to supply 378 coaches (63 trainsets) to MMRDA. Two new orders were issued to BEML for the supply of additional 126 coaches (21 trainsets) and 72 coaches (12 trainsets) to MMRDA in August 2019 and November 2020 respectively.
According to the latest update shared by MMRDA, a total of 9 more train sets are ready at BEML's facility Centre, CV Raman Nagar, Bengaluru. All these trains will be used to operate on Mumbai Metro’s upcoming 18.6 Line-2A and 16.5 km Line-7.
MMRDA has undertaken the expeditious implementation of the 337.1 km long Metro Rail network, to be completed by 2026. Mumbai Metro projects have been declared by Government of Maharashtra as "Public Project of urgency” and “Vital Urban Transportation Project". The metro network is aimed at providing an efficient transportation system in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, which will also decongest the suburban rail as well as road traffic.
At present Mumbai has only one 11.5 km operational Metro corridor connecting the Andheri to Versova.