Metro rail comes to Mumbai in 2015; plan starts rolling

The financial capital of India will soon see the metro rail travelling as the City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) has decided to award bids for rolling stock and systems for Navi Mumbai’s first metro rail corridor – Belapur–Kharghar–Taloja–Pendhar.

“A pre-bid meeting was conducted with bidders to reply to their queries last week. Soon, we will award contract for systems and rolling stock of Belapur–Pendhar metro,” said Sanjay Bhatia, managing director and vice-chairman of Cidco.

Sanjay Bhatia further said that Cidco has not revised any completion date and the project is expected to be completed early in 2015.

The tender has an estimate cost of Rs1,020 crore and the corridor a price tag of Rs1,985 crore.

Until now, about nine companies have shown interest in supplying various components required to make metro functional in city by 2015. These components include telecommunication, signalling, electrical, power supply systems, traction and SCADA, driving simulators, fare collection and rolling stock — metro rakes and rails.

The proposed metro corridor will have 11 stations stretched in 11.10 km and will connect Navi Mumbai with the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport.