Ex-Army Official urges Maharashtra Government to not give metro works to Chinese firms

The army personnel in a letter to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray requested to keep away the Chinese firms from the metro works across the state. The relationship between the two countries has been degraded due to Chinese aggression along LAC which killed more than 20 of our Army personnel.

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Mumbai Metro Line 3
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Mumbai (Metro Rail News): After India experienced an aggressive stand-off in Ladakh at LAC with China, a Mumbai-based charitable trust has come up along with ex-Army personnel named Dilip Abhyankar, a retired Colonel from the Indian Army to write to the Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to take actions on the Chinese firms who are involved in the metro development projects in the City.

The media reports are stated saying that Chinese companies, including the Shanghai Tunnel Engineering Co Ltd (STEC), China Railway Tunnel Group Co Ltd (CRTG) and Continental Engineering Corporation (CEC), are undertaking civil and tunnel works for Metro-3 (Colaba-Bandra-Seepz). The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC), which is building the fully-underground Metro, has also appointed SJEC Corporation for system works along with other Chinese firms.

The China based CRTG in a joint venture with J Kumar Infra Projects Ltd is also involved in development of some parts of Metro-2A (Dahisar-DN Nagar) and Metro-6 (Swami Samarth Nagar-Vikhrol. A different Chinese firm, China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC), is building some parts of Metro-4 (Wadala-Kasarwadavali) project in a joint venture with Tata Projects.

In a letter to Mr. Thackeray, Udaan charitable trust was stated saying, “We appreciate Maharashtra government cancelling the contracts with Chinese companies, but the attempt seems insufficient, given we continue to let Chinese companies dominate the Metro space.”

As per the recent media reports, industries minister Subhash Desai was stated saying that status quo was being maintained in the memorandums of understanding (MOUs) signed with the Chinese companies. In his interview to Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana, the chief minister had said that the Centre must clear it stands on the involvement of Chinese companies in metro development works.

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