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Blaming the Maharashtra government for "non-fulfilment of certain critical obligations", Reliance Infrastructure(RInfra) today walked out of the contract to develop the Rs 12,000-crore Charkop-Bandra-Makhurd Metro corridor in Mumbai.
The Mumbai metro rolling stock has been supplied by a Chinese company, Nanjing SR Puzhen Rail Transport (NPRT), whereas that of the Delhi metro has been supplied by indigenous train manufacturer, Chennai-based Integral Coach Factory (ICF).
Fully underground Line 3 of Mumbai Metro was notified for comments and suggestions in December 2011. There was no response from public. The next step is underway—getting a nod from the ministry of urban development, Government of India.
"We expect the collector's office to hand over the land in a month's time,'' said MMRDA officials working on the project. They said the temple will not need to be shifted, only a part of the premises will have to move. Mumbai Metro's first line on Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar is being built by a special purpose vehicle - Mumbai Metro One - owned by Reliance Infra, the MMRDA and a French multinational, Veolia.
Officials say this is because Western railway has given them permission for only 57 4-hour blocks instead of the 127 they need to build bridge over rail lines at Andheri The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority's (MMRDA) claim of finishing the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar (VAG) corridor, or the first line, of the Metro by March 2012 has come to naught.
It is thought the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) ‘will soon accept the request’ to fund the $2.26 billion Line 3 of the Mumbai Metro rail network. JICA is currently working on finalising concessional financing for the third line.
The delay in completing work on the Metro line is not only affecting Mumbaiites, but is also burning a hole in the pockets of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).