Mumbai: On the back of breakdown of monorail services owing to power failure, the state government has decided to develop comprehensive emergency management plans for the upcoming monorail and metro projects. Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday made an announcement to that effect in the legislative Assembly.
Mr Fadnavis admitted that there was no emergency management plan when monorail services broke down last month. Monorail services had experienced a power disruption between Bhakti Park and Mysore Colony on March 15 following which, 11 people including 10 passengers and one captain (pilot) had been safely evacuated to the ground with much effort.
“Yes, it is a fact that there was no disaster management plan for an emergency situation for monorail services. It had been given an additional power supply line but that too failed and there was no contingency plan ready to handle the situation,” Mr Fadnavis said.
He said that the state government had formed a committee headed by Nitin Kareer, principal secretary of urban development, to probe the matter and suggest remedial measures.
The CM was replying to queries raised by legislators about the government’s mobility plan for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). Shiv Sena’s Prakash Phatarprekar cited the monorail incident and sought details about the government’s plan for disaster management.
Mr Fadnavis also said that the government was planning to complete all approved metro projects by 2021. He announced that the foundation of the Wadala-Kasarvadavali (Thane) metro rail project would be laid by end this year. “The state government has approved the project and the process for giving final approval is on,” he informed. The estimated cost of the project is around Rs 22,000 crore.
Minister of state for urban development Ranjit Patil said the 2 km-long elevated rail route connecting Kalwa near Thane to Airoli in Navi Mumbai had been taken up to decongest Thane, Diva, and Mumbra railway stations.