The Maharashtra government is keen on initiating the third phase of Metro before the assembly elections to cash in on the success of the first phase which commenced operations this month.
While the Mumbai-New Delhi Semi High-Speed Rail Network (SHSRN) may take its own time to complete, it will be the Vadodara division of the Western Railway which would reap the first harvest.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu announced Saturday that women officers had recently been inducted into the Railway Protection Force (RPF) to ensure safety of women passengers travelling n suburban trains in Mumbai.
The first phase of the ambitious 23.4-km Belapur CBD to Khandeshwar Metro project in the neighbouring Navi Mumbai is now expected to begin operations only by 2017 after missing the original deadline of 2014.
Three consortiums are eyeing the tender for carrying out electrical and mechanical work of the first phase in the Navi Mumbai Metro project that is being implemented by City and Industrial Development Corporation.
The ongoing Metro work is inconveniencing many in the city but among those affected the most are the motorists who have to navigate Saki Naki junction daily. During peak traffic hours, it can take anywhere between 20 and 40 minutes to cross the signal, making it perhaps Mumbai's most painful intersection .
Reliance Infrastructure on Friday justified the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro fare, which will range from Rs10 to Rs40, before the Bombay high court.
Japan is soon expected to finalise concessional financing for the $2.26-billion Line 3 of the mass rapid transit system in Mumbai on the lines of soft-funding the hugely-popular Metro in the national capital.
Reliance Infra-led Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL), which built and runs Mumbai’s first metro route, has taken back its consent for an audit of Mumbai Metro by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG). The development may lead to hurdles for the audit, which has been pending for over two years. The state government officials said they did not know the reasons behind the MMOPL’s decision but maintained that the development will not impact the audit. Nitin Kareer, principal secretary, urban development department, said “We do not know why MMOPL is not ready for the audit. It has not given reasons for taking back its consent. The metro fare hike is related to the project cost and so the CAG audit is necessary. We have written to the CAG several times and are hopeful it will be carried out in larger public interest.” Meanwhile, MMOPL said the CAG audit was in conflict with the undergoing arbitration process with Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). The MMRDA is nodal agency for the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar (VAG) metro line, which was developed by the MMOPL on public-private partnership mode.
The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC), which is implementing the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz underground metro corridor on Tuesday, launched its website.