The Metro 3 project, which will be constructed by Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC), has some hurdles in front before it can even complete project. The most controversial Metro 3 project, referred also as Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro 3, has been in state government’s pipeline for many years. The Metro 3 project will has to fight against various court cases filed by residents and activists in Mumbai. But it is stuck again, due Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s, Make in India scheme. Due the Make in India Scheme the buying of Metro 3 coaches has been stalled.
After many years being stuck in government’s pipeline, the Metro 3 project finally started in 2016. The city’s first underground metro corridor that would connect Colaba with SEEPZ via Bandra will have trains with eight coaches and not six because the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) has estimated a surge in the number of passengers if the project is completed by 2020.
As reported by Hindustan Times, the Central government wants 75 % of the coaches for Metro 3 project to be manufactured in India. But the Japan’s International Co-operation Agency (JICA) that is co-funding the project, they want the procurement procedure to be that of an international level. The Centre, however, wants that though international companies would be awarded the contract, there should be a condition for them to manufacture the coaches in India, a demand that Japanese fund raising agency is not agreeing with. This has resulted into Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC), the executing agency, failing to procure coaches despite inviting bids for procurement of in December 2015.
To break the deadlock, MSRDC is planning to ask the Centre to relax the condition as the ‘Make in India’ programme was launched after the loan was negotiated with JICA. According to an unnamed, MMRC officials the manufacturing of the coaches would take around 24 months and the delay over procurement might result in delay of the project. MMRC expects to commission the Seepz-Bandra phase by 2020 followed by Bandra-Colaba in 2021.
The ‘Make in India’ scheme has now become a tussle point between MMRC and JICA. JICA which is providing financial assistance of 57% he form of a soft loan amounting to Rs 13,235 crore for the Rs 23,136 crore project. The various stay orders, the time limitations and now the “Make in India” scheme have slowed down the construction of Metro 3, which MMRC had planned to complete 20 per cent of the its civil work by the end of 2017. MMRC is confident that they will win the legal battle, if they lose this battle, the city will end up losing the ‘Metro’.