New trouble faced by the upcoming NM Metro project

The Navi Mumbai Metro project that’s meant to connect the city to the upcoming international airport that’s being executed by CIDCO seems to facing new trouble.

The metro project consists of four lines that act as connectivity between the city and the upcoming airport. Though the project is going to be very beneficial, it is facing some trouble with a consortium tasked with developing five of the 11 stations in line I, which connects Belapur suburban railway station to Pendhar (11.1km). The project officials are worried whether they’ll be able to meet the revised deadline which is on May 2019.

After terminating the consortium last December, CIDCO re-tendered the work this January. However, since there was no response, the town planning recalled the tender split the work of five stations into three packages. The tenders were re-floated on April 3.

Additional chief engineer (metro I), K M Godbole said. “It is a global tender and three parties will be selected so that the work gets done faster. We have pegged the trial run in May 2019. Additional chief engineer (metro I), K M Godbole said. But, due to work getting stalled for the entire stretch of 11 stations, the actual commissioning could take few more months.”

Cidco MD Bhushan Gagrani said, “The contractors, who were given the work, have caused enormous waste of time and money. Cancelling a tender and re-tendering involves time and there were court issues too.” The MD was dismissive about metro connectivity to airport with three more lines. “Well, we are still stuck with line I.” Cidco has forwarded to the government land acquisition for line III, a loop line connecting line I and line II. The Cidco board has given an approval of Rs 11,000 crore for the full project.

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