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May 01, 2013 at 11:40am IST

Maharashtra CM inaugurates first trial run of Mumbai Metro

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan inaugurated on Wednesday the first trial run of Mumbai's ambitious mass transit project, the Mumbai Metro. The trial run took place on the the first phase of the metro covering a 2 km stretch between Versova and Azad Nagar in Adheri.

This was a part of the 11.4 kilometre long line on the Versova-Adheri-Ghatkopar corridor. The line will connect the eastern and the western suburbs of Mumbai and will be open for public by August 15, after all the necessary trial runs.

The Mumbai Metro project, which is a tie up between Reliance Infra and Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), was started in February 2008 to augment the overburdened local service of the railways.

The project, which was earlier expected to be completed by 2008, faced many delays because of land acquisition and civil aviation permissions. The construction period also saw many accidents.