Mumbai: The Monorail which will run from Chembur to Jacob Circle has been delayed and citizens are clueless the commencement of this project.
But the real reason for the delay is financial crisis of the engineering company Scomi Engineering which was appointed for this project, as revealed by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).
Scomi Engineering of Malaysia is responsible for the rakes of this project. Currently, only five rakes out of the ten rakes are operational. While, three rakes out of the remaining non-functional five rakes have minor technical issues and two rakes have critical issues which need repairs.
Sanjay Khandare, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner of the MMRDA, said, “Scomi Engineering is going through some financial crisis which has delayed the process of issuing, commissioning and testing of the rakes. This entire process requires finance and as the company is going through a crisis period our whole process of launching the phase II of the monorail project is delayed.”
The reason for the financial crisis is unknown. The project was awarded to Scomi Engineering in 2008. Khandare said, “We do not know the actual reason for this sudden financial crisis that the company is undergoing. We are trying to push them to complete the work as our civil works for this project have been completed. The company has all the operational systems required for the project but maybe it did not anticipate such a crisis considering the intensity of the project when it was awarded the project.”
Also, this monorail line was supposed to start by June but currently there is no specific deadline for this line to begin functioning. “We cannot give a specific deadline as to when the monorail line will be operational. We will get the clearance from the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS)by June end,” added Khandare.
The MMRDA aims to get 15 rakes in total for the second phase of the approximately 20 kilometre long monorail line which will run from Chembur-Wadala-Jacob Circle.