Mumbai, May 1: Mumbaikars were treated to a successful trial run of the state's first Metro railway today and it became a such an event that it was trending at top 10 on Twitter.
The Twitter trending reflects the city's character, the peoples frustration and hope at the transport system that moves Mumbai. Everyday, lakhs travel in dirty, smelly and overcrowded suburban service on Mumbai train services.
For these commuters, a sleek and air-conditioned Metro rail is a relief.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan flagged off the 3-km long trial run of the Mumbai Metro between Versova and Azad Nagar in north Mumbai's Andheri suburb.
The section is a part of the 11.40km Versova-Ghatkopar corridor which will provide a vital east-west link and drastically reduce travel time from the existing 90 minutes to barely 20 minutes.
Chavan said that the Versova-Ghatkopar line will become operational by December.
The Mumbai Metro's Versova-Ghatkopar first phase is being constructed at a cost of around Rs 2,356 crore by a Reliance Infrastructure-led consortium on behalf of Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).
Some of the tweets:
AshwinSarcasticShanu @ashshanuferns: Mumbai Metro Is wow now .. Until it gets loaded with paan stains and shit :/
Goonga PM @GoongaPM: I do not have to travel in the Mumbai local during peak hours - hope Mumbai Metro shall change things for me.
mydala @mydala: Hey Mumbaikars! Are you excited to travel in Mumbai Metro?
Khushboo @Life_uff_Chai: Mumbai Metro - now guys who use #localtrain will have thr Life in a Metro!
Chauhan Saab @Chauhan_Saab: What is the name of the Mumbai Metro going to be? Rajiv Gandhi Metro Rail, Indira Gandhi Rail Yojana or Jawaharlal Nehru Metro Rail Vikas?
Kumar Saurav @contactkabeer: Will they install room fresheners in Mumbai Metro?
nirav desai @niravydesai1: #mumbai metro,,,wishing you long failure free,corruption free rides,,,so v mumbaikars travel hassle free.
Amit Nimade @amitnimade: Mumbai Metro conducts trial run with train draped in flowers.
Dev Chatterjee @devchatterjeeBS: Come on Mumbai Metro... Mumbai needs u desperately.
Kartik Rao @iKartikRao: Congrats to all mumbaikars !!! Mumbai Metro kicked off today. Taaliyan! Versova to ghatkopar in 20min instead of 1.5hr by road...
abhijeet @abhilives: Travesty and tragedy is when Mumbai Metro will be completed before Bangalore Metro. #NammaMetro.
Mahek Chheda @mahek88: Today the Mumbai Metro is draped in flowers, later on it'll be draped with paan stains and saliva stains of commuters".
narasimha acharya @nsimhacharya: Many congrats #Mumbaikars that u almost have got the #Mumbai Metro to ur city wish its operational by the time i come this monsoon.Gud luck.
RJ Samer @TheRadioJoker: On twitter Delhi and Mumbai people have already started gearing up for Delhi Metro vs Mumbai Metro debate.
Shannon Andrade @shannOn_ae: Mumbai Metro trial run successful. I won't be surprised that once it starts, it'll be filthy within a few weeks or so.
Sagnik Ambaly @shaggynick333: Mumbai Metro looks awesome on the trial run.
Abhisek Rai Akrant @AtrangiLekhak: Mumbai Metro .. Waiting for an eternity. I hope it would start before Sachin Tendulkar retires. Ohh wait...
Gunjan @GunjanFollowsU: Congrats Mumbai Metro One for successful trial run, & for becoming India's 4th and world's 179th operational metro rail system. #MumbaiMetro.
Ekla Chalo @chandra2084: Finally Mumbai Metro completed trial run, Hope contractor done his job best to spread smile on Mumbaikar face & make their life hassle free.
dHARMINTM @dharmin_ms: I hope we can hangout from Metro just like locals otherwise it is Metro but not a Mumbai Metro :p
Yashaswita @ykombinator: #Mumbai metro trial run successful. Up next: Name the #metro service after one of the members from the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty.
mumbaiconnoisseur @MumbaiAnonymous: Imagine the mumbai metro will have to get rid of doors, how will the junta hang out otherwise.