10 November 2008
SCOMI-LARSEN TOUBRO AWARDED PROJECT TO BUILD INDIA’S FIRST MONORAIL
Scomi Engineering Bhd (“Scomi Engineering” or “Company”) and its consortium partner, Larsen & Toubro Ltd. India (“L&T”) had on 7th November 2008 received a letter of award from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (“MMRDA”), for the implementation of a-19.54 km Monorail system in India’s financial capital of Mumbai, commencing from the west side of the city at Gadge Maharaj Chowk (Jacob’s Circle) heading northeast to Chembur through Wadala.
The Monorail project awarded to the Scomi Engineering and L&T consortium by MMRDA will cover the design works, development, construction, commissioning and maintenance of the Monorail system in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. For the design, development, construction, manufacturing, supply, testing and commissioning of the Monorail System, the lump sum contract value, excluding tax is INR.2,460 Crores or approximately RM1.846 billion to be completed within 30 months.
The line will be served with 18 stations and a central depot facility for operation control, train maintenance and stabling. The proposed design will include the supply and operation for a fleet of 15 train sets consisting of four cars in each set. The straddle type SUTRA Monorail System complies with the highest international standards of safety and reliability. It is a modern urban transport system where the cars move on a single beam in an elevated corridor. The design makes it possible to execute the project on a fast-track as it requires a small foot- print and facilitates implementation with minimal demolition of structures. Other advantages include greater reliability, high maneuverability, lower cost and an eco-friendly design. These factors make Monorail an attractive option for Mumbai where land is a scarce resource. The Monorail also helps in negotiating sharp curves and can handle gradients up to 6%. The Monorail is a quiet system with sleek exteriors, and air-conditioned cars, adding to commuter comfort.
This will be the first Monorail System in India and is expected to ease the congestion in the highly crowded Jacob Circle, Wadala and Chembur area. The Monorail will provide interconnectivity to the existing sub urban railway and forthcoming Metro Rail, as part of the multimodal transport system, and on being commissioned, will be a boon to the citizens of Mumbai.