MUMBAI (Metro Rail News): Alstom has cancelled the contract which the company won for the project of coaches for Mumbai metro’s fourth line and its extension (Mumbai Metro-4 and 4A) due to delays.
Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) awarded the contract to supply 234 coaches or 39 trains for the Metro-4 (Wadala-Thane-Kasarwadavali) and Metro-4A (Kasarwadavali-Gaimukh) to Bombardier Transportation in March 2021 which has been acquired by Alstom. They bagged the contract as they were the lowest bidder with a bid of Rs 1,198 crore. But there were delays in handing over land for a car depot and other issues with the project which led Alstom to pull out of the job.
Metro Line 4 from Wadala to Kasarvadavali is planned to be a 32.32 km long elevated corridor with 32 stations. The main aim of his project is to connect the Eastern Express Roadway, Central Railway, Monorail, the ongoing Metro Line 2B (D N Nagar to Mandale) and the proposed Metro Line 5 (Thane to Kalyan), Metro Line 6 (Swami Samarth Nagar to Vikhroli) & Metro Line 8 (Wadala to General Post Office). MMRDA previously said that this project would reduce the current travel time by 50% to 75%, depending on road conditions.
Now MMRDA is looking at alternative options for the depot and according to the sources, they may move it to the Mogharpada area in Thane. As per sources, Alstom was looking forward to strengthening the mobility infrastructure for the citizens of Mumbai and supporting the Make in India initiative.
The French company Alstom is currently executing a contract for Mumbai Metro Line 3, which includes a supply of rolling stock, power supply and signaling. According to officials, two train sets for Line 3 are ready and the third one is under production at factory in Sri City at Andhra Pradesh and they will soon be delivered to Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL). Alstom has also assured us that they are engaged in other projects all over India and that this cancellation will not be a problem in any other projects.
Metropolitan Commissioner Srinivas said that work on metro projects in the city is progressing well and two lines, Mumbai Metro Line 2A and Mumbai Metro Line 7, may start operations soon. Mumbai Metro Line 2A will run between Dahisar and DN Nagar areas in Mumbai. Line 7 connects Dahisar East with Andheri East. Both these projects are built on elevated lines.