MUMBAI (Metro Rail News): The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has cancelled another contract of Metro 2B awarded to RCC-MBZ JV and Simplex Infrastructure Limited. The Authority also encashed bank guarantee amounting to Rs 100 crore submitted by the contractor, after cancelling the contract and encashing bank guarantee amounting to Rs 35 crore from Simplex Infrastructure Limited over extensive delay in construction work.
Due to the extensive delay in the execution of the project by the RCC-MBZ JV and Simplex Infrastructure Limited, The decision was taken notwithstanding several notices served by the MMRDA.
The 23.5km long Mumbai Metro 2B (DN Nagar – Mankhurd) corridor construction wok contract worth Rs 1,080 crore was given a Simplex infrastructure which includes design and construction a 12 km long elevated viaduct and 11 metro stations of 22 i.e ESIC Nagar, Prem Nagar, Indira Nagar, Old Airport, Khira Nagar, Saraswat Nagar, National College, Bandra (W), MMRDA Office, Income Tax Office and BKC in November 2017. The names of stations are. Notwithstanding several notices and warnings, only 5% work done in 30 months against the target of 65%.
Whereas RCC-MBZ Joint Venture was awarded a contract worth Rs 521.21 crore which includes design and construction of a 5.9-km long elevated viaduct and 6 metro stations i.e. MTNL Metro, SG Barve Marg, Kurla Terminus, Kurla East, Chembur and a car depot of Metro 2B corridor in March 2018. The consortium has done only 4% in 30 months against the target of 60%.
A Senior MMRDA official’s said on condition of anonymity that work on both sections had come to a halt over the last four to five months and the contractors had been issued several notices and letters about the slow pace of work and non-payment of dues. Simplex Infrastructure had completed only around 5% of the work, while RCC-MBZ had completed around 4% of the viaduct and 6% of the car-shed work since 2018.
The decision to stop three major civil contracts may change the deadline of the project which was supposed to be commissioned by 2022 as MMRDA Metropolitan Commissioner RA Rajeev has recently announced to begin the launch of the metro trail run on both (Metro 2A and Metro 7) corridors from September 2020.
“MMRDA is much serious about executing projects on time and hence is not going to spare any contracting agency to delay the project. We delivered a long rope to these companies and after following all procedures we have terminated their contracts”, said RA Rajeev, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA
“In terms of meeting the deadline, there should be no issue if we get a good contractor. Work between Chembur and Mankhurd is running on time,” said an official. MMRDA has already floated tenders to complete the remaining works held pending by the contractors.