Wrong design sends Mumbai Monorail phase II work off the track

मुम्बई Mumbai: Construction in the second phase of Mumbai Monorail on railway land at two places is likely to get delayed as the state infrastructure body executing the project had submitted incorrect design to the railways’ safety department.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is undertaking the project, which will connect Wadala Depot with Jacob Circle via Antop Hill-Parel. En route, it will run over railway tracks at Wadala and Currey Road, therefore requiring mandatory safety clearances from Central Railway as well as the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS).

According to Chetan Bakshi, CRS Central Circle MMRDA’s design of the bridge over Currey Road railway tracks was of shorter length and did not include planned fifth and sixth line on the Central Railway. Thus it had to be sent back.

What was surprising is that even the Central Railway officials through whom the plans are forwarded to CRS, approved the designs without noticing the missing fifth and sixth line on the plans.

A fresh proposal has been submitted to erect a pier for which a joint site visit and a presentation has been sought, both the things are yet to be complied with by the MMRDA.

Whereas, at Wadala “there are a lot of issues to launch the girder (guideway beam of monorail) and a fresh application is yet to be made”, informed Bakshi.

At the moment (as on February 13, 2014) permission has been given by the CRS only to lay foundation at Wadala.

The entire Mumbai Monorail project has been divided into two phases, 8.8-km long Chembur to Wadala Depot and 10.24-km long Wadala Depot to Jacob Circle.

MMRDA officials have said that the route will be ready by March 2015, but there is a possibility that the wait may extend by a couple of more months.