Why isn’t Mumbai's Metro II off ground? Reliance Infra complains


By Ninad Siddhaye www.dnaindia.com

Frustrated with the slow pace of work on the 32-km Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd metro line, top Reliance Infrastructure officials have written to the chief minister detailing how delays by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and the Central and Western railway authorities have begun to hurt the project.

In their 13-page letter sent about a month ago, the officials have said if delays continue, the project will not be financially viable for the R-Infra-led consortium.

R-Infra is the leading partner along with a Canadian company SNC Lavalin in a consortium called Mumbai Metro Transport Pvt Ltd (MMTPL). However, hardly any work has commenced on the alignment. “We have been given only 35% of the total land and construction area (also called right of way), while MMRDA has failed to provide us with crucial car depot land plots at both ends of the metro line-Charkop and Mankhurd. Without the plots, we cannot start work as they are used as casting yards,” says the letter, a copy of which is with DNA.

Other pending issues cited in the letter pertain to the railways. “Although the project alignment crosses the railway tracks at Bandra, Kurla and near Mankhurd, the MMRDA has till date approved only one of the total requirement of four railway crossings,” adds the letter signed by Anil Gupta, R-Infra president and head of infrastructure division. More info