Mumbai Metro III may risk Rs 3,500 cr on ‘flawed design’


By Vikas Srivastav

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.

However, experts and advisers to companies participating in the project feel the design of the metro line III or the third phase is flawed and have raised objections to the existing norms in building the entire 33 km underground stretch on alternative current model apart from issues of single depot and environment clearances.

The apprehensions stated by various advisers consulting companies on the metro projects across India believe the alternative current traction model adopted by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) for the third phase and the lack of second depot or yard to meet any eventuality apart from issues of environment and security clearances while building the tunnel under the Mithi river and airport could mean an additional burden of Rs 3,500 crore on the exchequer. More info