Mumbai: Seven of the 10 rakes of Mumbai Monorail are currently out of commission, awaiting repairs in the Wadala carshed, according to an official of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA). Of the 10, six have been in the carshed ever since the inception of the services, from February 2, 2014, for want of spare parts.
On being asked when the MMRDA plans to complete repairs on the rakes in the crashed, the official said, “Of the seven rakes, only five can be repaired and two must be scrapped. One rake was destroyed in the fire which occurred on November 9, 2017, and is beyond repair. A rake which was recently added has also developed a major technical glitch which cannot be rectified. For the remaining five units, soon a tender will be floated for repairs and purchase of spare parts.”
Despite this dismal state of affairs, the MMRDA claimed that in just one week of taking over, it has managed to provide 130 trips without any delay. “SCOMI was supposed to provide 130 trips a day, with a frequency of 15 minutes. But it only managed to meet 90 to 95 per cent of the target. However, since we could attain this goal, this week (December 14 to December 20), 1,08,420 commuters used our services, netting us a revenue of Rs 7,35,175,” the MMRDA has claimed.
To operate Phase 1 (Wadala-Chembur-Wadala), 10 rakes, with four coaches each, were purchased by the MMRDA through SCOMI Engineering, a Malaysian company appointed to handle operations and maintenance of the monorail. According to the MMRDA official, who has recently been given charge of operations after SCOMI was sidelined from the project, “On December 14, we took over the responsibility of the monorail. But before that, the agency had discarded one rake out of the four which were operational. This leaves us with just three rakes, with which we can operate Phase 1.”
Meanwhile, the MMRDA has been meticulously following up with the insurance company to claim insurance on the rake which got burnt in the November fire. The official said, “Since SCOMI Engineering delayed giving us the fire report, so the processing of the claim has been delayed.”