Some politicians, who wished to be among the first to ride the Metro train on Saturday, were disappointed. And some ended up riding in a police van instead.
Kirit Somaiya and Gopal Shetty, both newly-elected members of Parliament, had announced on Friday that they would start the service by force if there was going to be any further delay in launching the services.
As was expected, Somaiya and Shetty reached Ghatkopar Metro station at about 3pm.
But Pravin Chheda, the local Congress leader, would not let them hog the limelight and he arrived there too with a batch of party workers and the party corporator, carrying coconuts to celebrate the occasion.
However, the Mumbai Metro One operator which ran a couple of special services from Versova on Saturday afternoon for its employees and their families, terminated the trains at Jagruti Nagar station, which is one stop before Ghatkopar, and reversed the trains back to Versova. Media persons were also taken on another special train.
At Ghatkopar, the political leaders were not allowed to enter the Metro station. They held a protest and were immediately picked up by the cops and taken away in a police van.