Date of Post: 15 Dec, 2018
Mumbai: The MMRDA (Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority) on Friday took over as the the operator of the nation’s first monorail network in Mumbai. The MMRDA has also decided to take over the project and operate and maintain it.
- The L&T consortium won the Rs 2,460-crore contract in 2009 to build and operate a 19.5-km monorail network on the Chembur-Wadala-Jacob Circle corridor until 2029.
- The first phase of the line stretching 8.9 km connecting Chembur with Wadala was commissioned in February 2014.
- The state had also planned to construct 9 other monorail corridors, however, with the failure of the pilot project, it abandoned the plan to build a 190-km of monorail network across the Mumbai metropolitan region.
- “As per the contract, the consortium had to supply 15 rakes, however, Scomi had supplied only 10. Of these 10 rakes, 6 are operational, while 4 are almost out of order and needs serious repairs and new spare-parts,” Rajeev said.
- The phase-2 will be commissioned in the next 3 months, he said.
- He said,”We will be issuing global tenders not only for spare parts and tyres for replacement, but also for additional 10 rakes. We hope in the next 3 months we will be able to commission the second phase depending on when we get the rakes.”
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