The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has taken a significant step towards the completion of the Lokhandwala-Vikhroli Metro 6 corridor by deciding to procure signalling equipment and platform screen doors. The project has entered a crucial phase, as the depot hurdle has been resolved with the state granting approval to build the facility at Kanjurmarg. The 16-km long line will run along Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road and will connect Vikhroli to Lokhandwala after crossing over railway tracks. The MMRDA will soon place orders for the design, manufacture, supply, and installation of platform screen doors, signalling, train control, and telecommunication systems for the corridor.
The MMRDA hopes to complete the civil work for the corridor in 18 months. The Mumbai suburban collector has already handed over 15 hectares of land in Kanjurmarg for the Metro 6 project, and MMRDA will soon float tenders for the construction of the depot so that work can begin shortly after the monsoon. The corridor will have a Continuous Automatic Train Control System based on a 'Communication-based Train Control System.' This system includes Automatic Train Protection, Automatic Train Operation, and Automatic Train Supervision sub-systems that use radio communication between track sides and trains.