Mono cost rises ₹ 236cr, lack of spares de­lays start of ops

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - MONORAIL COR­RI­DOR Length Sta­tions Project cost TRAIN TRIVIA

Mum­bai: The project cost of the en­tire 20-km monorail cor­ri­dor has gone up by Rs 236 crore over the planned Rs 2,460 crore, and the sys­tem is not even run­ning to­day for want of ad­e­quate stock of spare parts.

“We are yet to fi­nalise the date for com­mis­sion­ing of the cor­ri­dor,” an MMRDA of­fi­cial said on Thurs­day. “We are try­ing to ful­fil the rec­om­men­da­tions of the safety com­mis­sioner on spare parts.”

Though Phase 1 ser­vices were launched in Fe­bru­ary 2014, these were sus­pended on the 8.8-km cor­ri­dor be­tween Chem­bur and Wadala De­pot after two coaches were gut­ted in a fire in Novem­ber 2017. It was de­cided then that the en­tire sys­tem would be launched to­gether as Phase 2 of the project was al­most ready.

The cost rise came to light in in­for­ma­tion ob­tained un­der the RTI Act by activist Anil | | (Chem­bur to Saat Rasta) (`2,460cr ini­tially planned and 236cr cost in­crease) Num­ber of trains now | More to be pro­cured |

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| Train com­po­si­tion now | coaches with lon­gi­tu­di­nal seats

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Gal­gali. “The to­tal es­ti­mated cost for the project was pegged at Rs 2,460 crore, which in­cluded Phase 1 and Phase 2. MMRDA has now said that the project cost in­creased by Rs 236 crore,” Gal­gali said.

The project cost does not in­clude tax ex­penses.

The in­spec­tion of the sys­tem was com­pleted by former com­mis­sioner of rail­way safe- Sched­uled fre­quency min­utes

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End-to-end travel time min­utes

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| | ty S K Garg on March 28. His re­port asked the MMRDA to en­sure ad­e­quate stock of spare parts for reg­u­lar main­te­nance of the rakes.

CM Deven­dra Fad­navis an­nounced in last year’s bud­get ses­sion that the full cor­ri­dor would start in De­cem­ber 2017. Later, it was hoped that ser­vices would be­gin in Fe­bru­ary, but it was de­layed again.

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