The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is now looking at a January 15 deadline to begin commercial operations of Metro services on the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar (VAG) corridor. MMRDA had earlier set a December deadline.
Metro One has missed numerous deadlines since work started in 2008. The delays were due to absence of right of way due to encroachments, difficulties in shifting utilities, holding up of coaches with the Customs and lack of a notification that makes the central government’s Metro Act applicable to the VAG corridor. The Union urban development ministry issued a notification to include the corridor in the Metro Act on November 18.
Jun 21, 2006 : Bhoomi pujan for Mumbai’s first metro, the 12-km Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar line, performed by prime minister Manmohan Singh Mar 2010 deadline
Feb 8, 2008 : Construction begins after two-year delay
May 1, 2013 : Trial run inaugurated by chief minister Prithiviraj Chavan
June 2 : Trial run till Airport Road
Nov 9 : End-to-end trial run
Nov 18:| VAG corridor included in Metro Act