Mumbai, India (Urban Transport News): The City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Limited (CIDCO) on Tuesday decided to appoint the Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation (Maha Metro) on deposit terms for the completion of balance works of the under-construction 11.1 km Navi Mumbai Metro's Line 1.
Due to the pandemic and technical issues, the development work of one to six stations of the 11 stations on line 1 was not being implemented at the expected speed. Hence, the earlier contractor was reportedly terminated, sources said.
“The CIDCO is developing the Navi Mumbai Metro to make the public transport system in the city more efficient. The trial run of line 1 was conducted successfully on September 1, 2019,” said an official release. The trial run of the metro train was flagged off by the then chief minister Devendra Fadnavis.
“We shall also focus on financing the project, financial discipline, land monetisation along the corridor, enhancing non-fare-box revenues, and the last-mile connectivity. We remain committed to our cause of transit-oriented development,” said Sanjay Mukherjee, vice-chairman and managing director of CIDCO.
The CIDCO board approved the decision following meetings with officials of Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation (Maha Metro). The Maha Metro board will discuss and approve the additional work that it will have to take over from CIDCO.
A Maha Metro official said that the company will complete the civil construction work on Line 1 of the Navi Mumbai rail project.
The 11.1 km Line 1 between Belapur and Taloja was scheduled to be completed this month.
For more details, please explore the "Navi Mumbai Metro" page of Urban Transport News.