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MMRDA receives much awaited parts for Monorail

Monday, February 11, 2019
By Raju Vernekar

Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) received the much awaited vital parts of monorail, worth Rs 3 crore from Malaysia, thus paving the way for speedier completion of Monorail phase - II from Wadala to Sant Gadger Maharaj Chowk at Saat Rasta in South Mumbai on Friday.

The 112 types of spare parts weighing 40 tonnes have been received at Wadala depot from Malaysia and these parts will help MMRDA start the second phase from Wadala to Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk in the near future.

MMRDA Commissioner R A Rajeev added that there will not be any more delay in completing phase II of  Monorail.

“These parts will enable MMRDA refurbish four more Mono trains into the service of Mumbaikars. Once commissioned, the entire route will attract many more commuters,” MMRDA Joint Project Director (PR) Dilip Kawathkar said that the entire Monorail corridor will operate with seven trains.

It may be recalled that the operations of the Monoral phase - I were affected after MMRDA terminated contract with Malaysian company Scomi Engineering in December last, due to its alleged failure to meet contractual obligations despite giving seven extensions. The Scomi had also alleged failed to get rakes after the monorail was badly affected in a fire in November 2017.

Scomi had reportedly failed to meet their contractual obligations of operating and maintaining the project apart from supplying the rolling stock, under a Rs 2,460-crore contract with L&T which it had won on 7 November, 2008.

In another development, MMRDA signed an agreement with consortium of M/s.Datamatics Global Services Limited (DGSL) and AEP Ticketing solutions S.R.L, Italy (AEP), for the  automated fare collection system for Mumbai Metro rail lines running from Dahisar to DN Nagar Metro-2A, DN Nagar to Mankhurd Metro-2B and Andheri (East) to Dahisar (East) Metro-7 corridors.

A letter of acceptance was issued to the consortium by MMRDA in the course of last week.

“The ticketing system for the Mumbai Metro should be implemented taking into consideration the ease of use for the commuters of the city. At the same time it should be state-of-the-art technology supporting future of the growing metro network and upcoming fare media technologies.” MMRDA Commissioner R. A. Rajeev said.

“Over the years, automated fare collection (AFC) has been the focus area for Datamatics and in the last 25 years, the company has been instrumental in successfully executing over 25 marquee projects in the tier 1 metropolitan cities across the globe including Sydney, Hong Kong, London, Chicago, Melbourne, etc. We are headquartered in Mumbai and obviously are proud to serve Mumbai’s Metro project,” Datamatics Chairman Dr. Lalit S. Kanodia said.

Director (Systems) Metro PIU Sanjay Waghmare, Officer on Special Duty(S&T), O.P.Nebhnani, Chairman, DGSL Dr.Lalit Kanodia, Vice Chairman & CEO – DGSL Rahul Kanodia, EVP and Global Head Engineering Services Sanjeev Subhedar and other senior officials from MMRDA and DGSL were present during the signing ceremony.

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