NAVI MUMBAI (Metro Rail News): The City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), the nodal agency for the development of Navi Mumbai, has issued a Letter of Acceptance to Maha Metro (Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited) for operation and maintenance services of Metro Line 1 of Navi Mumbai Metro for 10 years.
“After appointing Maha Metro for engineering assistance of metro line 1, CIDCO has given Letter of Acceptance to Maha Metro for the operation and maintenance services on this line. Thus, the work on this line will be completed speedily and it will be possible to start passenger services on this route at the earliest. Giving prime importance to all infrastructural projects is my priority…” Sanjay Mukherjee, VC & MD, CIDCO said.
Maha Metro is already executing the balance work of this line, the corporation said in a release. CIDCO, the agency in charge of Navi Mumbai Metro project, in February 2021 had entered into an agreement with Maha Metro for completing the balance work of Navi Mumbai Metro Line 1.
This line is from Belapur to Pendhar and consists of 11 stations, 11 km track, a depot for maintenance at Taloja and two traction sub-stations at Panchanand and Kharghar. “Work on this line is going on at full swing and is expected to be complete in 2022,” it said.
Navi Mumbai is the third city in Maharashtra, where Maha Metro is executing a metro rail project. The Nagpur Metro Phase-I is partially operational while work is going on the remaining stretches, which will be complete by 2021 end. Construction of Pune Metro Phase-I is also progressing at a fast pace.
Nasik Metro project, designed by Maha Metro, is awaiting clearance from the union cabinet. It further said that soon, Maha Metro under Managing Director Brijesh Dixit, will execute metro rail projects in four cities. It has also prepared the detailed project reports (DPRs) of Thane and Warangal Metros.
“CIDCO will pay Rs 850 crore to Maha Metro for completing the balance work of Line 1 of Navi Mumbai Metro. It has now agreed to pay another Rs 885 crore plus taxes for running metro rail services on this line for 10 years. The 10 year period will begin from commercial operation date (COD) of Line 1,” it said.
The release also informed that Maha Metro has posted key officials at Navi Mumbai and has taken over the role of Engineer in-charge also. It was decided to commission the line in two phases and as a first phase work between stations number 7 to 11 has been taken up on priority basis.
Maha Metro has completed the leftover track work and now 100 per cent track is laid. Likewise, erection of overhead equipment (OHE) on 11 km track (both up and down lines) has also been completed. Fine-tuning has been started for running the trains for trials.
All the metro trains are being tested in the depot, for that purpose a test track of around 1 km is ready. Trains have been tested on main line up to Central Park Station and regular testing is being continued on the mainline for approval of the Research Design and Standards Organization (RDSO), an Indian Railways undertaking. The trial run for RDSO will begin from July 16.
“Out of 5 stations in the first phase, 3 are almost ready and work of two stations has progressed up to 70 per cent approximately, which will be completed in August 2021,” it said.