Another bid to put Mumbai’s Wadala-Thane Metro-4 line on track

The MMRDA had to scrap tenders floated earlier this year as the bids were 25% more than the estimated cost of the project

After scrapping bids earlier this year, the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) invited bidders for five packages worth Rs2,700 crore for the Metro-4 line (Wadala-Thane-Kasarvadavali) on Sunday.

Despite a nod from the state in 2016, the line has faced delays in the awarding of contracts. The MMRDA had to scrap the tenders floated earlier this year, as the bids were 25% more than the estimated cost of the project.

A senior official from MMRDA said: “We floated nine packages for Metro-4 and Metro-2B together, resulting in bids that were 25% higher. When we separated the two projects, like in the case of Metro-2B, and floated tenders for a few packages, we received bids that were just 8% higher. We will follow it in every bid.”

The 32.32-km Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavali Metro, which is estimated to cost Rs14,549 crore, will connect Wadala in central Mumbai and the neighbouring Thane district.

According to MMRDA, the Metro corridor will lead to development around the alignment. The corridor will provide another north-south rail connectivity and reduce the burden on suburban rail network.

Meanwhile, the planning authority has floated tenders for civil construction work of two packages for the Metro 2B corridor (Bandra Kurla Complex-Mandale) on Sunday.

The two packages worth Rs800 crore approximately are for design and construction of 11 elevated stations along the corridor.

Recently, the planning authority opened financial bids for 11 of the 22 stations, with the lowest bidder being Simplex Infrastructure Limited. Officials said the work contract will be awarded to Simplex after an approval from MMRDA’s executive committee.

Another bid to put Mumbai’s Wadala-Thane Metro-4 line on track

The MMRDA had to scrap tenders floated earlier this year as the bids were 25% more than the estimated cost of the project

After scrapping bids earlier this year, the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) invited bidders for five packages worth Rs2,700 crore for the Metro-4 line (Wadala-Thane-Kasarvadavali) on Sunday.
Despite a nod from the state in 2016, the line has faced delays in the awarding of contracts. The MMRDA had to scrap the tenders floated earlier this year, as the bids were 25% more than the estimated cost of the project.
A senior official from MMRDA said: “We floated nine packages for Metro-4 and Metro-2B together, resulting in bids that were 25% higher. When we separated the two projects, like in the case of Metro-2B, and floated tenders for a few packages, we received bids that were just 8% higher. We will follow it in every bid.”
The 32.32-km Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane-Kasarvadavali Metro, which is estimated to cost Rs14,549 crore, will connect Wadala in central Mumbai and the neighbouring Thane district.

According to MMRDA, the Metro corridor will lead to development around the alignment. The corridor will provide another north-south rail connectivity and reduce the burden on suburban rail network.

Meanwhile, the planning authority has floated tenders for civil construction work of two packages for the Metro 2B corridor (Bandra Kurla Complex-Mandale) on Sunday.
The two packages worth Rs800 crore approximately are for design and construction of 11 elevated stations along the corridor.
Recently, the planning authority opened financial bids for 11 of the 22 stations, with the lowest bidder being Simplex Infrastructure Limited. Officials said the work contract will be awarded to Simplex after an approval from MMRDA’s executive committee.

PMRDA to invest Rs 100 crore to acquire 70 acres of land for Pune metro

The Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) will pump in Rs 100 crore to acquire 70 acres of land — 50 acres in Mann and 20 acres in Balewadi — to build the carshed of the proposed Hinjewadi-Shivajinagar Metrostretch.

PMRDA Chief Kiran Gitte on October 17 said they would speed up the acquisition process and has the funds for it. The 23.33km Hinjewadi-Shivajinagar Metro rail project will be implemented under the public private partnership (PPP) model at Rs 7,947 crore.

“We estimate the land acquisition cost will be around Rs 100 crore. Once the farmers agree to the rates, the acquisition process will roll. The land at Mann will be for the carshed and the Balewadi plot, which belongs to a catering college, will be provided to make it financially viable for the company executing the project,” Gitte said.

The PMRDA Chief said their initiative for the “branding” of the 23 Metro stations has received encouraging response from many IT companies. “The most recent firm evincing interest is Cosmos. Infosys had expressed intent to develop one of the stations near Hinjewadi,” he added.

The Union cabinet recently approved the new Metro policy giving clarity on project developments, collaborations, participation, standardizing norms, financing and creating a procurement mechanism conducive for its effective implementation.

Source – ET, Pune

Your Mumbai commute is set to get smoother as Metro network takes shape, 2 lines approved

The cabinet approved the Swami Samarth Nagar-Jogeshwari-Kanjurmarg (Metro-6) corridor — the second connecting Mumbai’s east and west

The cabinet approved the Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan (Metro-5) corridor, which will be the first to connect growing urban centres in the MMR.

Your commute is about to get a lot smoother. The Maharashtra cabinet has approved the construction of two Metro corridors in the city on Tuesday, boosting the city’s poor east-west connectivity and inter-connectivity in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).

The cabinet approved the Swami Samarth Nagar-Jogeshwari-Kanjurmarg (Metro-6) corridor — the second connecting the city’s east and west, following the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar corridor (Metro-1). Most Metro lines proposed run along the city’s north-south axis.

With regard to roads, the city’s eastern and western suburbs are connected by the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR), the Santacruz-Chembur Link Road (SCLR) and the Andheri-Ghatkopar Link Road. At peak hours, there are massive traffic snarls on all three. According to the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA), the Metro-6 will run along the JVLR with 13 stations along the 14.5-km long route. It is expected to reduce pressure on local trains and cater to people travelling from the western suburbs to the east via Dadar. Officials expect a significant number of motorists to use this line, reducing traffic on the roads.

The line will also have interchanges with the Metro-2A (Dahisar-DN Nagar), Metro-4 (Wadala-Kasarvadavali) and Metro-7 (Andheri East-Dahisar East).

“Today, if a person has to travel from Lokhandwala to Vikhroli, he has to change lines at Dadar. The Metro-6 will provide hassle-free, single-line connectivity. This corridor has huge potential. We expect 6.5 lakh passengers in 2021,” said Pravin Darade, additional metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA.

The cabinet also approved the Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan (Metro-5) corridor, which will be the first to connect growing urban centres in the MMR. The 24-km-long Metro line will have 17 stations, expected to cater to 2.29 lakh passengers by 2021. With real estate prices skyrocketing in Mumbai and Thane, people have started shifting to far-flung areas in MMR, which necessitated the needed for connectivity to Mumbai. “We are also looking at extending the Metro-5 line till Wadala and then GPO in south Mumbai, which will boost travel from metropolitan regions to Mumbai,” Darade added.

Experts are, however, still sceptical about how this huge investment will fare. “These projects have come far too late. Not much thought has been given to how these lines will connect to other modes of transport. Just as Mumbai had a spurt of flyovers once, there are too many Metros,” said Sulakshana Mahajan, transport expert.

Source – Hindustan Times