Mumbai: Monorail which comes under Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). Now contractors of this are demanding higher trip rate for resuming the services on Phase I. Now the consortium of Larsen & Toubro-Scomi Engineering (LTSE) are demanding more than five times the earlier trip rate to run the country’s only monorail corridor between Chembur and Wadala.
Already the LTSE has demanded Rs 18,000 per trip in order to operate Phase I of the monorail corridor.
The Metropolitan Commissioner R A Rajeev said that we have not yet decided and are holding meetings with them. They have to come back to us regarding the rate.” Mumbai Metro Rail Development Authority (MMRDA). When Phase I operations were suspended in November last year following a fire, the LTSE had been charging a trip rate of Rs 3,131. The new rate will mean an increase by at least 470 per cent.
On November 9, 2017 monorail is set to down for around nine months due to fire damaged two coaches at Mysore Colony Station. While the MMRDA is expecting to restart Phase I in August and hoping to resume services on the Phase I corridor and start Phase II simultaneously, with shortage of rakes. The Phase II which is likely to start from early next year. The IL&FS Rail this year sought Rs 7,000 as trip rate for the same length which had emerged as the lowest bidder in a call to appoint a new contractor for operating and maintaining the corridor. But LTSE will operate phase-1.
Rajeev said that they have to complete the contract and obligations and then we will take over. We intend to start both the phases as soon as possible.”
The corridor which connecting Chembur and Wadala has reached to higher ridership of around 17,000 a day. Now there will also increase in fare for the Phase I corridor which will be approximate to the range of between Rs 10 and Rs 40 from the earlier Rs 5-19.