ITD Casts Mumbai Metro Line-7’s Second Crossover

ITD Cementation India Ltd. this weekend completed casting a second track crossover at Ovaripada Station for the 16.5 km Mumbai Metro Line-7 (Red Line) which will connect Dahisar East and Gundavali (Andheri East) through 14 stations.

Back in November, the team had cast the line’s first crossover at Aarey Station. When the line becomes operational, both crossovers will enable Line-7’s BEML train-sets to guide from one track line to another.

ITD was awarded this line’s ballastless track-work system’s contract in October 2018 which included its design, supply and installation. The turnouts for this crossover were supplied by Vossloh Cogifer Turnouts India Pvt. Ltd. and factory acceptance tests were conducted remotely through video conferencing in June due to the COVID-19 related lockdown.

Track installation work has been underway for Line-7 since at least May 2020 on its mid-section (New Ashok Nagar – Mahindra & Mahindra) built by J Kumar Infraprojects.

Here are some shots by MMRDA-affiliated Mumbai 2.0 handle on Twitter:

January 8 evening – Photo Copyright: Mumbai 2.0
January 9 morning – Photo Copyright: Mumbai 2.0

In my interaction with multiple contractors’ employees on the civil and systems side – they all indicate they’re under intense pressure by MMRDA to start operations in May 2021, the current deadline, which is not achievable.

The first of 96 6-car BEML trains for both Line-2 and Line-7 has still not been dispatched from Bengaluru. Per one of those sources – the first train to be sent will be unwired and all internal wiring will be performed locally at Charkop Depot.

Civil work for the approximately 900m depot-line and main-line (right outside the depot) is still ongoing with large gaps in both viaducts still present, so trial runs will not begin until at least Q3 2021. In the meantime – the MMRDA, like DMRC in the past, will likely host a grand media event within the depot to show the project is on-track while it’s actually far from it.

When launched, initially MMRDA will open up the following roughly 8-9 km northern sections on both lines. Some of the stations within these might not become operational in the first round.

  • Line-2: Dahisar East to Dahanukarwadi with 9 stations at Dahisar East, Upper Dahisar Station (Anand Nagar), Kandarpada (Rushi Sankul), Mandapeshwar (IC Colony), Eksar, Borivali West (Don Bosco), Pahadi Eksar (Shimpoli, then Shimpawali), Kandivali West (Mahavir Nagar), Dahanukarwadi (Kamraj Nagar)
  • Line-7: Dahisar East to Akurli with 7 stations at Dahisar East, Ovaripada, National Park, Devipada, Magathane, Poisar (formerly Mahindra & Mahindra), Akurli (formerly Bandongri)

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12 Responses to "ITD Casts Mumbai Metro Line-7’s Second Crossover"

  1. Clevin Gomes says:

    The Ovripada Crossover is the most important one as using this crossover, trains can go to Mira-Bhayander. Well I m still worry about the metro coaches since some components of rolling stock are stuck in Japan plus Japanese engineers are not coming due to Pandemic. TMRG, What will be next step for MMRDA for the trainsets?

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    • TMRG says:

      First step is to receive the trains, ha 🙂 Next is to ensure they can be tested. After that static and dynamic testing will take place within the depot.

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      • Clevin Gomes says:

        What I mean to say is How can MMRDA can receive their 1st trainsets if Japanese experts as well as Japanese components are not arrived i Banglore. Without this trains cannot be assembled and received.

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        • The Timeline Express says:

          To Immidiately Start Trial Runs and Commercial Operations MMRDA can use Delhi metros UTO Trainsets for a short period of time. Pune Metro has borrowed some trains from nagpur Metro for a short period of time and Nagpur Metro has itself borrowed one 3 coach train from Hyderabas L n T Metro. MMRDA cannot use the Line 1 Trains as they are not UTO.

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  2. Rajeev karynakar says:

    Thats good news. It’s a very important crossover. But lot of work stiil pending on the Arey stretch and Jay coach to andheri stretch

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  3. Swapnil says:

    After the whole stretch is opened(including line 9 in future), will the metro emerging from Andheri East (line 7) move into line 9(mira- bhayander) or move into line 2a at the crossover after the ovaripada station? Also in future, would there be another Dahisar east metro station for metro line 7 as a connection for line 9?

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    • TMRG says:

      Yup, there will be a new station across from Line-2’s station on the WEH.

      In the future, Red Line trains from Andheri East will crossover after Ovaripada into a new parallel viaduct towards that new station. So passengers looking to interchange will need to use a FOB over the WEH. Should be an easy transfer above the highway.

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  4. Rupraj Sengupta says:

    The girders on the crossover look wider or I am mistaken!

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    • TMRG says:

      It’s indeed quite wide. Instead of U-girders, they’ve used a bunch of I-girders to achieve this.

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      • Rupraj Sengupta says:

        Living in Kolkata delay is a way of life for us,Mumbai and Delhi also Chennai speeds have become unthinkable for us!

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  5. saket says:

    Great pics, amazed by the number of workers working at a time!

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  6. Dilip Kumar Prasad says:

    Gantry crane erection dismental maintenance rail tracks fitting oprating I Garter lunching etc.

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