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The recent mishap at a Metro site on Andheri-Ghatkopar Road is also expected to affect the timetable . Work on the line has been stopped for a few days while a safety audit is carried out. MMRDA refused to comment on RInfra officials' assertions, just stating it had planned on getting the "right of way" as the project progressed.
The Mumbai Metro project was awarded by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) through a global competitive bidding process on PPP framework to a Reliance Infrastructure-led consortium in 2007. It entails designing, financing, constructing along with the operating and maintaining about 12 kms of elevated metro with 12 stations enroute.
Navi Mumbai’s first metro line, running from CBD Belapur to Pendher, will become operational by May 2014. The City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) is now scouting for suppliers to buy the rolling stock for the metro project, comprising of rakes and the signalling system.
Women may have shattered the corporate glass ceiling a while ago, but there are certain niches, such as the public transport system, where female presence is hardly felt. Even this skewness is likely to be phased out soon, with more and more women eager to take matters-rather, wheels-in their hands.
A pilot project for this could be undertaken in the Mumbai suburban system, which has about 51 stations with 6.27 lakh square metre space. “The average roof area per station is 12,300 square metre. By just providing a ten per cent built up area (1250 square metre) to developers, railways can cover the average cost of construction and renovation of all stations,” says a proposal submitted to the Ministry.
The city’s longest metro line and the second, the 32-km Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd metro line, may soon be the worst-delayed metro project in the country. The government has claimed that the first metro line, Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar, would be completed by November next year.
All the 1,668 piles dug up to build 456 pillars along the 12-kilometre metro rail track are ready. Of the 456 pillars above these piles, only 54 are remaining . Pillar structures are considered crucial as once they are ready, placing of U-shaped girders atop them (it is girders that host tracks and trains) can be speeded up.