Chennai Metro rail fires Gammon, stops tunnelling work

Chennai (MAS): Underground tunnelling of metro rail along Anna Salai here has halted and is likely to remain so for several months as Chennai Metro Rail has terminated the 2,000crore contract with Gammon India-Mosmetrostroy.

The decision was taken after Gammon India delayed work and couldn’t get its Russian partner Mosmetrostroy to resume work on the last 3km stretch.

This would mean that the metro corridor, which is one year behind schedule and struggling to meet an extended deadline of 2016-end, may not be ready till late 2017. This 23.1km corridor, from Washermenpet to Airport, includes 14.3km underground.

Authorities are planning to float fresh tenders for the remaining work worth 800crore. The process is expected to take three or four months. If everything goes according to Plan B, work is likely to resume in January.

The Gammon-Mosmetrostroy joint venture had bagged contracts to build tunnels and underground stations between Government Estate to Saidapet in February 2011. It could complete only 60% of the work.