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The Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) is talking to Maharashtra government for financial assistance for servicing the proposed Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) loan for the underground metro project connecting downtown Colaba with Seepz in the north via Bandra.
The first phase of mono rail stretching from Chembur to Wadala should start operation by August 2012, Textile minister Mohammed Arif Naseem Khan, who is the Guardian Minister of Mumbai suburbs said at a review meeting of MMRDA officials on Tuesday.
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.
Meanwhile, an MMRDA official said that they only stop foundation works during monsoon but continue to carry out superstructure works with proper safety measures. Meanwhile, an MMRDA official said normally the administration stops only the foundation works during monsoon but always continue superstructure works with proper safety measures.
The Mumbai Monorail, which is the country's first such project, has hit the most elementary roadblock. No government or private agency in India is able to test its safety; hence, trial runs scheduled on Phase I later this month are likely to be delayed.