Navi Mumbai’s maiden metro running between Belapur and Pendhar (line 1) may take off by May 2019. The Navi Mumbai Metro, that will cover 11.1 km was earlier scheduled to commence from May 2018, but a consortium resulted in this delay.
CIDCO senior PRO, Mohan Ninawe said, “The consortium first failed to complete the work by 2014-end and was given an extension till 2016-end, which too it missed. Cidco has re-tendered the work and will speed up the process to meet the schedule.”
After CIDCO MD Bhushan Gagrani terminated its contract, the consortium – San Jose (Spain), Mahavira road and infrastructure (Navi Mumbai) and Supreme Infrastructure (Mumbai) had filed a case in the Bombay high court. Although the court gave a green signal in September to the consortium to continue working, the permit was only for 5 stations. However, CIDCO re-tendered the work for 6 stations of the total 11 stations.
“We will be issuing the work order soon this month for selecting the new company after the work on the stations and communication systems is completed by December 2018. There are other issues like the trial run and signal testing which forced the maiden run to be pushed to May 2019,” a Cidco official said.
The work on 6 stations, including CBD Belapur (outside Belapur railway station towards Sion Panvel highway), Kharghar Hill, Bharti Vidyapeeth, Utsav Chowk, Kendriya Vihar and Kharghar village 9, will be carried out by a Nashil-based Prakash Constrowell. Remaining 5 that will be dealt by the first consortium are situated near Central Park, Pethpada/Owe village, Rapid Action Force campus, Taloja Panchanand and Pendhar.