MUMBAI (Metro Rail News): On Tuesday Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority halted the bidding process centrally for getting ten train-sets of 4 cars separately to work on 19.54 km long Mumbai Monorail’s Line-1 that connects Chembur with Jacob Circle.
It was MMRDA’s 2 try to get new train-sets to update frequency and there is no reason for cancelling the process has been given. MMRDA requested bids for certain train-sets in Feb 2020 with a closing date of 13th of April which was changed to June 22, so technical bids for this tender weren’t started.
In 2019, the MMRDA tried getting ten new train-sets and got bids from 2 firms – China’s CRRC & BYD, an American firm headquartered in Los Angeles but determined to reject the bidding process for related reasons.
The L&T Scomi Engineering consortium had originally got ten Scomi Sutra train-sets in 2009-2010 in which only four were in operation prior to the nationwide lockdown.
Remain six were nonoperational because of a lack of affordable high-quality spares which led to the cannibalization of its fleet & additional operational losses.
According to MMRDA official, two of those six train-sets were to be repaired and set by May 31 or the week after that. Whenever operations restart, MMRDA claims these will take down headways from 23 to 15 minutes.