Four Mumbai contractors face a total fine of Rs 2 crore for delays in work on metro stations | Bombay News

MUMBAI: The Mumbai Metropolitan Area Development Authority (MMRDA) has issued presentation notices to contractors working inside phase I stations of the corridors of lines 2 and 7, which are scheduled to open for commercial purposes in January 2022. MMRDA is undertaking tests on both metro lanes as they have received four rakes in all so far.
Metropolitan Commissioner SVR Srinivas said: “We have notified J Kumar Infraprojects Ltd, NCC Ltd, Godrej and Capacite Infraprojects Ltd for delay in completing work on metro stations.” MMRDA sources said the cumulative penalty amounting to over Rs 2 crore would be recouped if they failed to complete the job on time. Sources said nearly 85% of the work on the stations is complete. MMRDA expects the contractors to complete the work by October 15.
The first phase (20 km) is between Dahanukarwadi and Aarey (18 stations). The two metro lines are expected to reduce vehicle congestion by 25%.
A team from the Research Design and Standards Organization (RDSO) will soon begin inspection of test runs on both corridors, after which the Rail Safety Commissioner will issue a safety certificate; then only commercial journeys can start with 10 trainsets, including two arrivals.
While subway 2A is 17.5 km long, subway 7 (Dahisar-Western Express Highway subway station) is 18.6 km long.
A senior MMRDA official said: “Work on stairs and escalators is underway at some stations, so it will take a few months before commercial operations can begin. ”
MMRDA had set a December 2020 deadline to start services, but the coronavirus resulted in a lockdown and workers left for their places of origin as work stopped. The native-designed metro cars will operate with 25kV AC traction power, will have CCTV surveillance, and passengers will be able to carry their bikes on the coaches.
The cars are made of stainless steel and can carry 2,280 passengers in six trainsets.
Both metro lines were sanctioned by the government led by Devendra Fadnavis on October 6, 2015. The bhoomi pujan was performed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 11, 2015.

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