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The state government wants the World Bank (WB) to fund projects for improvement of the public transport network in Mumbai. It has sought financial assistance for Metro, monorail projects, the Nhava-Sewri trans harbour link and projects for upgradation of the suburban railway network.
After undertaking work on the first Metro railway project in Navi Mumbai, the state is now planning to lay the foundation stone for two more lines of the project in a year. One of the arms of the project, which will go from Vashi-Nerul-Seawoods-Panvel, will run parallel to the existing railway line and eventually link the Mumbai and Navi Mumbai Metro railway networks.
Mumbai Metropolitan Region’s first metro project on cash contract got a major boost on Sunday when chief minister Prithviraj Chavan performed the Bhoomipujan for the metro line in Navi Mumbai. Constructed by the City Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), at a cost of Rs1,984 crore, the metro will run from Belapur to Pendhar, connecting the proposed new international airport.
In what could be considered as a major technical change in the design of the rakes of Mumbai metro, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has asked the Reliance Infrastructure led consortium constructing the second line of metro to check whether a “third rail” method of traction is more suitable in supplying electricity to the metro operations as compared to a conventional 25 kv AC traction system- which provides supply from above the metro rakes.
The ambitious project of Metro Line – II would be the first mass transit project in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region which would directly connect different suburban parts – Western suburbs and Central suburbs. The proposed line for the Metro II would cover Charkop (situated at North-West), Bandra (situated at West and towards Central suburbs) up to Mankhurd.
The operators of the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar (VAG) Metro rail corridor have finalised the ticketing facilities to be provided on the city’s first corridor. Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL), the special purpose vehicle created for the execution of the corridor, has roped in Indra, a premier IT company from Spain, for implementing access control and ticketing for the 11.4-km corridor.
A day after two brothers fell and died in a trench dug for the construction of the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro corridor at Asalpha in Andheri (east), officials from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) have decided to investigate the matter and take necessary precautions to avoid such untoward incidents in the future.
Metro rail has missed another deadline. Though Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa had announced that the Metro train would chug on Ugadi day, the plans came unstuck due to the delay in getting the safety certificates. Yeddyurappa has now said that all necessary clearances from the Centre would be obtained within a fortnight and the Metro train would start operations in a month’s time.
Mumbai's first metro rail may see the light of day by year-end as work on the most crucial parts of the project — two bridges across Western Railway tracks and the Western Express Highway (WEH) in suburban Andheri — progresses at a hectic pace.