By Ranjeet Jadhav www.mid-day.com
MMTPL chief writes to Prithviraj Chavan saying Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd corridor will overshoot deadline, budget
With actual work on the 32-km-long Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd (CBM) Metro corridor yet to commence, the Mumbai Metro Transport Private Limited (MMTPL) that has been awarded the contract, has written to Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, stating that the project will not only miss the 2013 deadline by nearly a year, even construction cost is bound to go up.
While signing the concession agreement on October 21, 2010, the then chief minister, Ashok Chavan, had stated that the CBM Metro corridor would be ready by mid-2013 and would cost Rs 8,450 crore.
However, till date, all MMTPL has managed to do is carry out soil testing at construction sites.
Time is money
As per the letter (copy with MiD DAY) signed by Anil Gupta, president and head of infrastructure, MMTPL, pending issues, such as public interest litigations (PILs), clearances from railways, right-of-way (RoW) approval from Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) and lack of casting yards, among others, have been stated as primary reasons for the delay.
“The wait will cause severe time overrun and consequent project cost overrun,” states the letter. More info