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Mumbai Metro authorities don’t see the need to increase coaches despite commuter rise

The Reliance Infrastructure-led Mumbai Metro One Private Ltd (MMOPL) that connects Versova and Ghatkopar has seen a monthly increase in its commuters, which has resulted in a call for an increase in the number of coaches from four to six. However, MMOPL authorities have said that there is no need for the same, reasoning that the saturation point had not been reached as yet.Currently, there are 16 Metro trains that have four coaches that can be expanded to six coaches. In 2015, the average daily ridership was around 2.6 lakh, which increased to 3. lakh in 2016 on weekdays. However, this year, estimates show that the ridership is around 3.5 lakh on weekdays, with MMOPL announcing that November 2017 witnessed one crore commuters.An MMOPL, spokesperson, said, “”We are closely watching the ridership trends. At present, we are confident of meeting the increased demand and do not feel the need for additional coaches. We will increase the coaches when the need arises.”Also readMumbai Metro: Passengers take to social media to complain about ‘non-functional air-conditioning system’The spokesperson further stated that the need to increase coaches will begin only once Dahisar-DN Nagar Metro-2A and DN Nagar-Mankhurd Metro-2B will be operational.”The MMOPL’s expenditure to operate Metro-1 stood at about Rs 1,500 crore between June 2014 and June 2017. However, the latter could merely earn about Rs 640 crore in the form of ticketing and non-ticketing revenue in that period. The MMRDA owns 26% stakes in Metro-1 along with MMOPL that has 69% stake followed by Veolia that has a 5% stake.

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MMRDA blinks, cedes BKC plot for bullet train terminal

Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has blinked first in the long stand-off over the land reserved for the International Financial Service Centre (IFSC) in Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) and ceded it to the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project. An underground terminal for the bullet train and IFSC will now be accommodated on the same plot.This development comes after the Railways informed the MMRDA earlier this week that the alternate site for the terminal, near Mithi River in BKC’s G Block, was not feasible. It insisted on the same plot which the state government had reserved for IFSC.UPS Madan, metropolitan commissioner of MMRDA, told DNA, “We were informed by the Railways that the Mithi River site is not feasible, and now we have told our consultant to prepare a new design. There will be some complications but a new design will be prepared to accommodate both.”MMRDA and the state government were reluctant to give up the plot, citing that MMRDA needed vacant land for IFSC.MMRDA had also pointed out that the land rate at BKC is very high.It wanted to monetise land parcels there to garner funds for crucial infrastructure projects under Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). However, the bullet train project is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project, and on the Centre’s demand, the State changed its decision.Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe laid the foundation stone for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train in Gujarat in September 2017. The high-speed corridor will be elevated, and bullet train will ply at 300 km to 350 km per hour. The 12 proposed stations between Mumbai and Ahmedabad are BKC, Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati. The distance would be covered in two hours and 58 minutes.

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Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation pushes to name Metro stns after Shivaji, Patel, Pratap

While the construction of a Metro corridor connecting Mumbai to Mira Road-Bhayandar has not yet started, corporators from Mira-Bhayandar Municipal Corporation (MBMC) have already passed a resolution to name several Metro stations after social leaders like Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Sardar Vallabhai Patel, Mahavir Swami, and Maharana Pratap among others.The proposal was put forward by BJP and Shiv Sena corporators, and was tabled in the house last week in the form of a resolution which was subsequently passed. Naresh Gite, Municipal Commissioner, MBMC and Dimple Mehta, BJP corporator and Mayor, MBMC confirmed that the proposal was tabled in the house and passed.Mehta told DNA, “We will now forward the proposal to Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) who is executing the project. The proposal was made after considering local sentiments and discussions with the residents of Mira Road and Bhayandar. There is nothing else to read into it.”A MMRDA official said, “We proposed names of nine Metro stations according to the locality but the MBMC corporators had a few demands. Hence we asked for their suggestions.”UPS Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner, told DNA, “When we get suggestions, we forward them to the state government (urban development department) which takes the final decision.”Earlier this year, Shiv Sena Minister Ravindra Waikar had demanded that the proposed Metro station at Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR) be named Balasaheb Thackeray Trauma Centre.The Mira Road-Bhayandar Metro corridor, also known as Metro-10, is an extension of two Metro corridors planned on Link Road and Western Express Highway, connecting Dahisar and Andheri.Rohidas Patil, BJP corporator, MBMC, said, “It is a purely local demand taking into consideration the sentiments of the local citizens.”WHAT’S IN A NAME?Route: Dahisar Check Naka to Mira Road-BhayandarLength: 9 kmEstimated cost: Rs 3,600 croreStation name by MMRDA: Jankar FactoryProposed by MBMC: Chatrapati Shivaji MaharajStation name by MMRDA: Sai Baba NagarProposed by MBMC: Sardar Vallabhbhai PatelStation name by MMRDA: Deepak HospitalProposed by MBMC: Nanasaheb DharmadhikariStation name by MMRDA: Palika Krida SankulProposed by MBMC: Maharana PratapStation name by MMRDA: Shubhash Chandra Bose GardenProposed by MBMC: Sadanad MaharajStation name by MMRDA: Bhayandar (West)Proposed by MBMC: Mahavir SwamiStation name by MMRDA: Amar PalaceProposed by MBMC: Mira VillageStation name by MMRDA: Pandurang WadiProposed by MBMC: Penkarpada

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Techfest 2017: IIT-Bombay gears up for its biggest event; Hamid Karzai, Pranab Mukherjee to address students at the fest

Hamid Karzai, Former President of Afghanistan along with Pranab Mukherjee will address thousands of students of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) on like various topics including the Indian Economy, Sustainable Development and Digitalisation during its annual science and technology festival between December 29-31.Along with them, Manohar Parrikarl, Chief Minister of Goa and Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation will also address the students at the convocation hall of IIT-B. While Mukherjee, Parikar and Sinha will address on December 29, Karzai will address on December 31.”The themes of the festival are Digitalisation, Sustainability and Biotechnology as we identified that technological advancement in these segments need to be stressed upon considering the current nation’s scenario and the world at large, said IIT-B in a statement.”Apart from futuristic exhibits coming from all over the world, Techfest will have the honour to host some of the best machines and equipment from Indian Army, Indian Navy and DRDO,” IIT-B said in a statement. Techfest is scheduled to take place on 29th, 30th and 31st December this year, that will see many international students participate in various events of the festival. Students from USA, Canada, UK, China, Italy, Afghanistan, UAE will participate for the festival, however students from Pakistan will not be among participating country for techfest this year too.

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MMRDA writes to state govt over fare hike of Metro-1

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has written to the state government to ask the Central government to form a new fare fixation committee (FFC) to decide on the proposal of increasing fares for the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro-1 corridor.Reliance Infrastructure-led Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL), had proposed to increase fare for Metro-1. The FFC formed earlier too had also suggested an increase in the fare. However, a week ago, the Bombay high court had quashed the recommendation of the FFC along with the proposal of MMOPL. The court had also directed the formation a new FFC to decide on the fare structure for Metro-1.Currently, the fare slab is Rs 10,20,30,40 for the 11.4-km-long route, the MMOPL had proposed the fare slab of Rs 10,20,25,35 and 45. The fare fixation committee (FFC) had recommended the fare to be between Rs 10 and 110.”We have written to the state government, who will ask the Centre to form a new FFC in order to decide the fare structure of Metro-1. The high court has asked to form a new FFC in one month, and decide on the fare structure in the next three months,” UPS Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, told DNA.The MMOPL has been citing losses and has appealed for an increase in fare rates. However, the MMRDA had challenged the MMOPL’s proposal to increase fare citing that the concession agreement signed between MMRDA and MMOPL says that Metro-1 fare should be between Rs 9-13.

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Maharashtra to use drones for mapping 71 villages along Mumbai Pune Expressway

In order to carry out survey and map 71 villages along the 94-km-long Mumbai Pune Expressway, unmanned aerial system (UAS) known as drones will be used by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC). The MSRDC has already roped in a consultant who will prepare a development plan and chalk out future development potential of the 71 villages along the Expressway. Kiran Kurundkar, Joint Managing Director, MSRDC, said, “We have already appointed consultant who has started his work for preparing development plan for the villages along Expressway. We are using drones to conduct survey as it helps in mapping particular areas accordingly.”The project is a part of the MSRDC being appointed as Special Planning Authority (SPA) for areas two kilometre south-west from Mumbai-Pune Expressway and Mumbai-Pune Old Highway (NH-4).The plans after having prepared a development plan is to have MSRDC will look after the development of large of land parcels along the Expressway by acquiring plots from locals or villagers.The Maharashtra government had in March 2016 notified MSRDC SPA for the 71 villages. Of the 71 villages, majority of them are located in Khalapur and Panvel.

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First look: How controlled blasting will be done for Mumbai Metro-3

While controlled blasting is going to be carried out in the city for underground Metro Station construction of Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 corridor, the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) has revealed the first animated look of how controlled blasting is done and what exactly is controlled blasting. MMRC in its monthly magazine for November 2017 has explained about why and how the activity of controlled blasting is carried out. Blasting is carried out for hard rock excavation and is common in several civil engineering projects like tunnels, canals, pipeline projects, hydel power projects and port.It has in the past said that at several locations where the shafts for Metro-3 are located and controlled blasting would be conducted includes Colaba, Azad Maidan, Andheri, and Mahim. The tunnelling for Metro-3 will be done 20 to 25 metres below the ground for excavating rocks using 17 tunnel boring machines (TBMs).The MMRC in its monthly magazine for November 2017, said, “The excavation of soil or rock for station and tunnel construction works can be done either by TBMs or by blasting the unit quantity of rock. If the rock is very hard and abrasive in nature, the mechanized excavation takes longer time due to increase in the down time for replacement of cutting tools and parts in the machines.””Hence, to conserve the time required for tunnelling, controlled blasting methods are preferred over conventional mechanized method of excavation, the MMRC said. Permissions for blasting:Controlled blasting can be carried out only after receiving statutory permissions, such as – Police department NOC – after scrutiny of safety and security of the premises.Permission from Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organization (PESO) formerly known as Department of explosives obtained on verification of the credentials of the company executing the blasting operations.Process of controlled blasting:Transfer of explosion energy to the rock is a function of both the characteristics of explosives used and the characteristics of ground/rock strata. When the charge and blast diameter are almost equal, shock pressure delivered to the sides are maximum. If the charge diameter is less than blast hole diameter then this shock pressure on the sides will decrease exponentially. This principle is used in the design of blast to reduce the over-break. In controlled blasting, Muffling (process of covering blast holes properly before blasting) is carried out to prevent fly rock (debris which is ejected through air by explosive blast). Meanwhile, the construction of Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro 3 corridor started in October 2016 and it is a crucial connectivity point between north and south Mumbai. It expected to be completed by 2021.

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DNA EXCLUSIVE: Flooding may affect underground Metro

After claiming that underground Metro corridors are more prone to terrorist attacks, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has now claimed that the underground Metro is more likely to get affected during heavy flooding in the city, as compared to the elevated Metro corridors.The MMRDA made this claim while justifying its decision to build the DN Nagar-Mandale Metro-2B as an elevated corridor instead of an underground one. However, this has given rise to another debate as the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) executing the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 underground Metro has claimed Metro-3 to be a water-tight project, where seepage or clogging of water is impossible.In a letter written to the Guzdar Scheme Residents’ Trust in Khar, who have objected Metro-2B being constructed as an elevated corridor, MMRDA, said, “It should be noted that in the case of heavy rains when the city’s roads get flooded, all at grade systems and underground systems get severely affected. During the heavy flooding in Mumbai a few days back, it was only the elevated metro and monorail which continued functioning without any interruption. Underground metro, in such heavy floods, would be likely to get affected despite all necessary precautions.”However, the MMRC has earlier claimed that the Metro-3 corridor runs at least 25 meters below the surface and is a water-tight project where seepage or clogging of water is impossible.”The underground Metro-3 system is embedded in the ground at a substantial depth. To protect against flooding, the level of all station entrances or shafts will remain sufficiently above the recorded high flood levels of respective areas along with good margins. Our tunnels are also water-tight,” MMRC had said earlier.

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Mumbai Metro One admin warns against eating inside coaches, platforms

Administration from Mumbai Metro service operating between Versova and Ghatkopar via Andheri have appealed to commuters to not eat on platforms or inside the trains.In a tweet, Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL) asked people to report about commuters eating food inside Metro to its staff. “You are requested to inform the metro staff at the station or on platform accordingly.A MMOPL spokesperson, had previously in a statement said, “Eating and drinking inside Metro trains is a punishable offence in all the Metro systems in India as it creates nuisance for fellow commuters. A penalty up to Rs 500 can be levied on the offenders. We have displayed messages inside the trains and have also carried out many awareness campaigns.”Around 3.5 lakh commuters take the metro every day on weekdays and the 11.4 km corridor is the eighth densest metro corridor in the world.

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Mumbai-Nagpur E-way: Trust deficit hits land acquisition

While one of the largest land acquisition exercises is currently underway in the state for the construction of 701-km Mumbai Nagpur Super Expressway, officials involved in the process claim that due to trust deficit in the government, few landholders are opting for land pooling, and are instead selling their land to the government.Under land pooling, landholders get 30 per cent of the developed land after 10 years, which is one of the reasons behind not much are willing to wait for 10 years. The Rs 46,000 crore Expressway will need 10,000 hectares of land and the distance of 700 km between Mumbai and Nagpur will be covered in just 8-10 hours.The project is currently at bidding stage and the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) claims to have acquired 2,500 hectares of land out of the total required 10,000 hectares of land for the Expressway.An MSRDC official said, “Majority of the landholders who are giving their land for the project are not going for land pooling and instead directly selling their land. This is because inland pooling landholders have to wait for 10 years to get developed land, and it seems there is a trust deficit in minds of people when it comes to dealing with the government.”The MSRDC is offering five times more the rate than the prevailing ready reckoner rate of a particular area in case an individual coming to give its land for the project on its own.The official, added, “But very few are opting for land pooling considering they will have to wait for 10 years to get the developed land, and also there is trust deficit. But even selling off their lands is not causing any loss. They are getting more than what is the actual market rate.”

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BKC locals vie for cycle stand at Bandra station

A group of diamond traders from Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) have demanded that space be allotted for a cycle stand outside Bandra station (E) and inside BKC so that office goers are motivated to use cycles for commute.The group has also written to several authorities including the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), traffic police department and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) asking that space be allotted to park their cycles. They claim that using cycles is not only environment-friendly but will also help avoid traffic snarls during peak hours in BKC.The MMRDA had also requested offices in BKC to stagger office timings so that traffic can be managed efficiently during the ongoing construction work of DN Nagar Mandale Metro-2BBhavesh Shah, a diamond trader from BKC, said, “We have written several times to the authority to have cycle stands and parking. Earlier, in BKC, we had cycle tracks and cycle stands but that was shut down.”Shah added, “There are lakhs of office goers who will happily use cycles between Bandra station and BKC but without cycle stands, what is the point of cycle tracks? For now, we want cycle stands, cycle tracks can follow later.”Meanwhile, a senior MMRDA official, said, “Our cycle track project failed. However, if we want cycle stands, it will require coordination from several agencies. The proposal if found feasible will be implemented.”Off trackThe MMRDA had built a 10-km cycle track in BKC in 2011. However, the track was removed, and it was replaced with bus lanes. But those too were removed after motorists complained of traffic snarls.

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Mumbai Metro routes going through airports will not allow heavy luggage

There are three Mumbai Metro corridors – either planned or under construction in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region – that connect the domestic and international airports in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. However, none of these routes will allow flyers to carry heavy luggage in trains – a move that may prompt flyers to rely on other modes of transport.Currently, three Metro corridors are planned in MMR to connect both the domestic and international airport in Mumbai and the proposed international airport in Navi Mumbai.The three Metro corridors include Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 underground corridor, Dahisar East- Andheri East Metro-7 corridor extension up to airport and the Mumbai airport to Navi Mumbai airport of which work on Metro-3 and Metro-7 is ongoing and for airport Metro report is prepared.A official from Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), assisting the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), in executing Metro-7 and Mumbai airport to Navi Mumbai airport Metro, said, “The Metro-7 and Mumbai- Navi Mumbai airport are being constructed keeping in mind the connectivity for city commuters as their ridership is far more than that of commuters going to airport. Both these corridors are not dedicated airport Metro corridors.”The DMRC official, added, “Particularly in case of Mumbai-Navi Mumbai airport, the Metro goes via areas like Mankhurd, Chembur, Vashi and the number of commuters using Metro without wanting to connect the airport are more than those looking to go from one airport to another. There are fewer commuters wanting to go from one airport to another airport. Furthermore, airlines have their connecting flights, accordingly.”In case of Metro-7, it passes via the core residential area of western suburbs and it is mainly being extended up to airport for connecting with Metro-3 from where commuters can go up to Colaba and further towards south Mumbai, said DMRC officials.MMRC, executing the Metro-3 in the past has said it won’t allow heavy luggage as the route is not a dedicated airport Metro route unlike New Delhi’s Airport Express.
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Prime Minister’s Office help sought for Mumbai Metro execution roadblocks

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) executing several Metro projects in the city has sought help from Prime Minister’s office (PMO) for tackling several issues involving land acquisition and getting clearances from several state and central government agencies for construction of Metro corridors in the city.According to MMRDA, PMO’s ‘pragati portal’ monitors the Metro projects in the city and regular assistance is sought from the PMO for clearances from Central government agencies like Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Defence for acquiring their land for Metro projects.Pravin Darade, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, said, “We seek assistance from PMO where central government agencies are involved. At several stretches we either require land from the Defence Ministry or require no objection certificate (NOC) from the Ministry of Railway, as our Metro alignment is going above railway tracks at several locations. In this case, seeking assistance from PMO helps in getting approvals smoothly.”A senior MMRDA official, said, “We may also seek assistance from the PMO regarding roadblocks for procuring loan from international banks. We want the 75 per cent of the Metro coaches to be manufactured in India under ‘Make In India’ but the banks that are going to finance the Metro projects have reservations about it.”The MMRDA official, added, “In this case, we will seek assistance from PMO who will certainly intervene along with the Union Ministry of Finance for having banks agree with having 75 per cent coaches made in India.”
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Cuffe Parade residents to walk for plastic-free habits

In order to turn their area plastic-free and motivate residents to change their habits by carrying environment-friendly bags instead of plastic bags, the Cuffe Parade Residents Association (CPRA) has organised a ‘Plastic Free Cuffe Parade’ walk on Sunday. The objective of the walk is to spread awareness among the citizens and encourage residents to start carrying their own bags when they head out for shopping and thus help make Cuffe Parade free of plastic waste.”This is a citizen initiative conducted by CPRA’s waste management committee and organised by Clean Mumbai Foundation. In the past we have also requested shops in Cuffe Parade to stop handing out plastic bags and have requested the residents and their staff to carry cloth bags when they go shopping,” said Kunti Oza, chairperson, Clean Mumbai Foundation.The walk is scheduled to start at 9 am from GD Somani Marg near Bayview Marina. Actress Juhi Chawla along with Yuva Sena Chief Aaditya Thackeray are also expected to join the walk along with officials from the A Ward of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).In November, the BMC too had launched an awareness drive to educate vendors of municipal markets about the harmful effects of using plastic bags. BMC officials had visited different municipal markets in the city.The state government also plans to make Maharashtra plastic-free beginning from May 2018. The government is planning a ban on plastic bottles from early 2018 in government offices, educational institutions and functions organised by the state before the ban is extended to private offices.SAY NO TO PLASTICThe walk will start at 9 am from GD Somani Marg. Juhi Chawla, Aaditya Thackeray and BMC A ward officials will join the walk.
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Mumbai: 20 days after fire, Monorail services still remain suspended

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Twenty days after two Monorail coaches caught fire on November 9, the services of Wadala-Chembur Monorail services still remains temporarily suspended as the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has been asked to ensure that no services are resumed before being sure about the safety of the trains. On Tuesday, the independent committee probing the cause behind the fire submitted its final report citing the cause of the fire. Sanjay Khandare, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, said, “We have received the report and we will go though the report and take all necessary action to ensure smooth functioning of Monorail, accordingly.” Khandare did not share as to what the final report had concluded. “We will go through it, and will be able to comment only after that.” However, the interim report had held the Malaysian operator Scomi Engineering responsible for the fire. It had concluded that an unusual spark underneath the Monorail coach got in touch with the heated tyre resulting in two coaches of Monorail catching fire.
ALSO READ Minor accident along Mumbai Monorail-II route, snap in electrical wiringThe report has also said that, “No train should be allowed to run for passenger traffic unless the train is properly examined and made fit to run without any defects as per laid down procedure.”Khandare, said, “We will soon resume services of the Monorail and also trial runs for the second phase between Wadala and Jacob Circle is ongoing.”The first phase of Monorail between Wadala and Chembur was made operational in 2014 and the second phase between Wadala and Jacob Circle is expected to be made operational within few months. Daily around 15,000 commuters use the Monorail for travelling between Wadala and Chembur. On early morning of November 9, an empty Monorail on its way from Wadala Depot to Chembur, caught fire at Mysore Colony Monorail station.However, no injuries were reported due to the accident. Meanwhile, ever since the first phase of the Monorail was made operational in 2014, it has been in the news for constant breakdowns in the rakes.

Man, woman fall for ‘cheaper’ flats, lose Rs 2 cr

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After paying nearly Rs 2 crore to purchase their dream homes, Kaushik Ashar and Priti Singh were shocked when officials from Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) told them that the provisional allotment letters that had been given to them were fake.The two are making rounds at the Amboli police station since 2016. So far, two first information reports against five accused have been registered. Three of them are behind bars, while two are out on bail. Ashar and Singh said they fell for the con after the accused promised them a flat at a cheaper rate in flats constructed by MMRDA for its staff in Vile Parle.In Singh’s case, the MMRDA has also given in writing to the accused and the police that the allotment letters issued to Singh is fake and were not issued by MMRDA. Singh had further in May 2017 had filed FIR with the Amboli Police station which arrested five accused. In case of Ashar, the Amboli police station on Thursday registered an FIR under several sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) for forgery, cheating and creating fake documents.Speaking to DNA, Singh said, “I have paid around Rs 1.55 crore for purchasing six flats of Rs 25 lakh each. I paid the whole amount to the accused because one of the five accused worked with me in my office and told me that they have contacts with officers in MMRDA. However, even one year after paying the amount we had nothing except the provisional letter that turned out to be fake certificate when we checked with MMRDA.”Singh added, “The police later arrested five accused after filing FIR in May but have not filed charge-sheet even after completing 90 days of arrest due to which two accused have got bail. We fear other two will also get bail after their 90 days are completed and they will flee with our money.Ashar, whole filed FIR on Thursday, said, “I paid around 25 lakh because I came to know about it Priti Singh and I trusted her but later we came to know we both were duped when my lawyer checked about the documents with MMRDA.”Meanwhile, Bharat Gaikwad, Senior Police Inspector, Amboli police station, said, “I will not like to comment on part of the investigations in both the case. We will take action according to due process of law.”UPS Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, told DNA, “We are also enquiring into one such complaint received on Thursday only. We will file a police case so that real culprits are brought to book.”MMRDA constructs various flats for project affected people (PAP) and its staff but general public are not eligible to buy or purchase flats in such apartments.

Bully naka: Bizman alleges harassment at E-way toll booth

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 36-year-old Mumbai-based businessman was allegedly bullied by a toll operator staffer at Talegaon toll booth on the Mumbai Pune Expressway, and claims he was asked to pay toll despite being an Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) tag holder. However, the toll operator, Mhaiskar Infrastructure Private Limited (MIPL), a subsidiary of IRB Infrastructure Developers Limited denied the allegations.Namit Furia said that he had to enter the non-ETC tag lane because normal traffic was plying in the ETC tag lane which led to a long queue. He alleged, “Usually even the non-ETC tag lanes have a scanner but it was not working in the lane I entered. I was asked to pay toll by a staffer named Amit Shringarpure which I denied.” Furia further alleged that he asked the staffer to use the hand scanner machine, and was not allowed to leave until he paid the toll by cash. “It was only after I denied to pay cash and argued for over 30 minutes that he got a hand scanner machine and let me to go.”The toll operator, replying to an email query from DNA, said, “We strictly deny the commuter’s allegations. It needs to be noted that all lanes at Talegaon toll booth are ETC hybrid lanes which can be used by ETC tag holders as well as non-ETC tag holders. The said commuter entered lane number 5 speedily due to which the tag could not be read.” The toll operator added, “The on duty official tried to explain and requested him to re-enter from another lane which he refused. The issue was then resolved by arranging a hand reader machine.”ELECTRONIC TOLLThe ETC tag is a computerised system which is integrated with electronic equipment installed at toll booths. It reads the radio frequency identification (RFID) tag from the vehicle’s windscreen and opens the barrier to let them pass.

Mumbai Metro: Passengers take to social media to complain about ‘non-functional air-conditioning system’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Passengers have been registering their complaints on the social media every now and then about the alleged ‘non-functioning of air conditioning system’ inside the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro-1 coaches in Mumbai.However, the Reliance Infrastructure-led Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL) has said that there is no technical issue and individual preferences are different. According to several passengers who have been voicing their opinion on social media, tagging the official account of Mumbai Metro, the air conditioning system ‘stops functioning’ at times which leads to suffocation. This year, there have been tweets from passengers in almost every month. MMOPL has been responding to the tweets seeking contact information of these passengers to understand their problem. However, in a query sent by DNA, MMOPL, said, “There are close to 4 lakh commuters who use the Metro on weekdays. We keep the air-conditioned environment in a specific range, keeping in mind all genre of customers and the ambient outside as per the guideline prescribed by the national agency.”MMOPL added, “There is no technical issue with the air condition but some time individual preference may be different.”In the past too, there have been several complaints reported relating to air conditioning or air condition ducts.The coaches for Metro-1 were procured from M/s CSR, Nanjing China. The air-conditioned coaches of Metro-1 are designed with a speed limit of 80-kmph and the operating speed to 50-kmph.Metro 1 connecting the western and eastern Mumbai recorded its highest ridership of 4.13 lakh commuters on a single day in September 2017. According to MMOPL, Metro 1’s record ridership stood at 3.8 lakh on July 17, followed by 3.71 lakh on June 28, while on September 2, 2016, it stood at 3.68 lakh commuters.

No speedbreakers on E-way: MSRDC to cops

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has shot down a proposal of the State Highway Police to have speedbreakers on the 94-km-long Mumbai-Pune Expressway in order to over speeding of vehicles and curb accidents.The MSRDC has said that having speed breakers on the Expressway would indeed cause more accidents due to abrupt slowing down of vehicles.A senior MSRDC official said, “In the ghat section there are steep curves and blind spots, and to have speed breakers on these stretches will be disastrous. We have informed the state highway police about there being no possibility of having speed breakers on the Expressway.””We cannot have speed breakers when the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has been removing them from highways under its control for accidents due to speed breakers, which result in deaths and grievous injuries,” the official added.The State Highway Police had also requested MSRDC to hand over space on several bridges on the Expressway for installation of speed limit signs. However, MSRDC shot down that proposal too. “We are earning around Rs 15 crore annually by leasing out space on those bridges and there is option for the highway police to install awareness hoardings on the Expressway,” he said.The maximum speed limit on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway is 80 kmph and it is the first ever Expressway constructed in India that witnesses thousands of accidents every year resulting in hundreds of deaths and injuries.On an average around 50,000 vehicles ply on the Expressway daily and this also includes heavy ones. Currently, the MSRDC is in the process of changing the cement panels on the Expressway due to cracks that have developed or widening the main carriageway.

MTHL: With increasing civil cost, toll burden set to go up

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With civil construction cost for India’s proposed 22-km sea link connecting Sewri with Nhava Sheva increasing substantially, the toll amount that will be levied on motorists for using the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) is also likely to increase.The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) executing the project had calculated the toll matrix in 2012, but since then there has been constant increase in the civil construction and overall cost of the project, which also means that the burden on motorists in the form of additional toll amount has also gone up.The overall concession period for which the toll will be levied on motorists is of 30 years to make the project financially viable, and the toll amount derived by MMRDA in 2012 was Rs 175 for light motor vehicles, Rs 265 for light commercial vehicles, Rs 525 for buses and trucks and Rs 790 for heavy axle vehicles.However, the construction cost has increased with every year passing. Recently, the MMRDA awarded contract to three consortium’s who are in joint venture constructing the project at Rs 14,263 crore which is more than the estimations of MMRDA.The MMRDA had earlier estimated Rs 12,600 crore for the civil construction out of the total cost of Rs 17,800 crore for the project. However, bidders quoting more resulted in cost escalations.A senior MMRDA official, said, “We do not know the revised toll amount at this stage because we do not what would the actual cost escalation of the project be, when it is ready for motorists in 2023. However, additional toll may have to be levied in order to finish recovery of project cost within 30 years.”The Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is funding almost 85 per cent of the project cost of MTHL. Ever since MTHL was proposed back in 1980’s the project cost has increased more than 350%. In 2005, the cost was estimated at Rs 4,000 crore and the same was estimated to be Rs 17,800 crore in 2016.WHAT IS MTHL?MTHL is a 22-km-long cable stay bridge and will be the second longest sea-link in the world after the 42-km link between Qingdao to Huandao in China. The project has been on paper since the 1980s due to lack of environmental clearances.

Metro 1 says won’t take card payments

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL), operating the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro-1, has said that it cannot accept debit or credit cards at ticket windows of Metro stations as transactions through cards take more time compared to cash transactions and could result longer waiting time for commuters in queues.However, commuters have been expressing their displeasure over the Metro operator not accepting cards to purchase tokens or recharge their smart cards at ticket windows. But the MMOPL maintains that commuters can do cashless transactions online.Abhay Kumar Mishra, CEO, MMOPL, told DNA, “There is no difficulty as such in accepting cards at Metro ticket windows. But that could increase the waiting time for commuters standing in queues. Our aim is to ensure that no commuter spends more than two minutes waiting to purchase a token or recharge their smart cards,” adding that commuters can use several online platforms to make cashless transactions. “Also commuters can now use our mobile ticket facility,” he added.Meanwhile, several commuters have expressed their displeasure on Twitter over MMOPL not accepting cards at Metro stations ticket windows.Replying to one of the tweets, MMOPL, said, “We wish to inform you that passengers can use debit/credit card online to recharge their store value pass. Passengers can also use ICICI or SBI co-branded card with an auto top-up facility or utilise digital wallet Paytm.”CUTTING DOWNOn Thursday, MMOPL launched a mobile ticketing facility allowing commuters to book tickets using PayTm, Ridlr and Mumbai Metro app. After booking their tickets, a QR code generated can be scanned at fare collections gates to gain entry into the Metro.

Metro track laying to begin in Jan 2018

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking a step ahead, the laying down of tracks for two Metro corridors in the western suburbs — Dahisar-DN Nagar Metro-2A and Dahisar East-Andheri (E) Metro-7 — will start from January 2018.The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), executing the two Metro projects, has said that wherever the civil structure is ready tracks will be laid.The MMRDA has also started procuring tracks for the two corridors, and the civil works for both will be completed by December 2018 with the aim to make both the corridors operational by 2019.Pravin Darade, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, said, “We have the necessary civil structure at several sections ready for laying tracks. The procurement process has also been initiated and we will start laying of tracks from January 2018,” adding that by this time next year they will have almost completed the track laying process. “The only issue is procuring coaches which is handled at the Central government level due to certain issues,” he said.DNA had reported on November 7, 2017, that MMRDA had claimed that the Asian Development Bank (ADB) funding Metro projects had reservations regarding the procurement policy of Metro coaches wherein 75 per cent of the coaches would have to be manufactured in India. MMRDA has written to the Centre seeking assistance on the same.SMART TRAINSMMRDA has plans to procure 63 driverless trains of six coaches each for the Metro corridors. Of these, 15 will be manufactured outside India.
Around 35 to 40 per cent of the civil works for Metro-2A and Metro-7 have been completed and the major of the civil works will be completed by May 2018, keeping in mind rainfall from June.

Majority of motorists agree on paying to toll for plying on proposed Mumbai Nagpur Expressway: MSRDC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While levying of toll on the proposed 701-km-long Mumbai Nagpur Expressway is going to burn pocket of motorists, a preliminary traffic report Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) executing the Expressway, has revealed that majority of the passenger vehicles and commercial vehicles plying between Mumbai and Nagpur don’t mind paying toll if the proposed 701-km-long Mumbai Nagpur Expressway is constructed. The proposed toll on the Expressway is Rs 2.5 per km for small vehicle and Rs 6.5 per km for heavy vehicle. The toll amount for the entire journey for small vehicle will be Rs 1,775 and for heavy vehicle Rs 4,615.However, to gauge the mind of motorists who ply on this route, a willingness to pay survey was conducted to ask motorists whether they would prefer paying toll if Mumbai Nagpur Expressway is constructed. The willingness to pay survey measures the potential demand for services by asking road users that whether they will prefer a particular facility or service if it were offered at a particular price, against another existing facility or service. According to MSRDC, in the survey conducted, a clear picture about the advantages like savings in travel time, operation and maintenance costs and toll were given to the respondents. The traffic report prepared by MSRDC, reads, “It is observed that the share of passenger vehicles expressed their willingness to shift varied from 50 to 80%, from the potential divertible lot whereas that for commercial vehicles the shift varied from 60 to 90%.” It further, reads, “However, these observations cannot be considered as an indication of actual shift to the proposed new expressway, as the route choices at a different time will be governed by various other factors.”The traffic survey also reveals that traffic on the proposed Expressway varies according to the attraction and generation points. The highest traffic volume are on the sections which are close to Nagpur, Jalna, Aurangabad, Nashik and Mumbai, which are the most important and major urban and industrial areas along the proposed Expressway. The MSRDC is currently in the process of acquiring land for the project. The corridor is expected to reduce the travel time between Mumbai and Nagpur to 10 hours from the current 15-17 hours.

Mumbai: More wait for commuters as Metro 4 project delayed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>There has been a delay in commencement of construction work for the proposed Metro route that will connect Wadala and Thane, which means commuters will have to wait for a longer period to reduce their time spent on commute.The MMRDA that is executing Metro 4, also known as Wadala-Thane-Kasarvadavli Metro is yet to award contracts for construction, despite the state government’s approval for the project in 2016.The 32.32-km long proposed route will have 32 stations with six-coach trains and an estimated daily 8.7 lakh commuters in 2021-22.MMRDA officials say that the reason behind delay was due to the development authority scrapping civil construction bids it had floated earlier this year. “We had floated bids earlier this year but the contractor’s quoted around 25% more than what was estimated by MMRDA. Hence, we had to scrap the bids,” said a MMRDA official.The MMRDA now plans to float fresh bids for the Rs 14,549 crore project. A MMRDA official said, “We plan to float fresh bids and award work for the same by January 2018.”

Mumbai: Drones will be used to shoot documentary of making of underground metro project

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) that is constructing the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 has said that it will use drones to film a documentary on the construction of city’s first underground Metro corridor.The MMRC aims to telecast the documentary globally to create awareness about the project implementation and its benefits. “The agency should have the capability to produce multi-camera events including drone-based recording of footages with editing facility and standby tie-up with other studios. Online editing facility is desirable,” the MMR said in a statement.Drones were also used to plan the alignment of the proposed Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway and several proposed Metro corridors in the city.The Metro-3 corridor that will be operational in December 2021 and have 27 underground stations will be a crucial north-south link for commuters across the city. It will connect major Central Business Districts (CBD) such as Nariman Point, Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) and Seepz in Andheri.

No runway on Mumbai-Nagpur E-way

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) has said that it has scrapped the plan to have emergency runways on the proposed 701-km-long Mumbai Nagpur Super Communication Expressway. The MSRDC also informed the potential bidders for construction that the plan has not received any positive response from the civil aviation ministry or the Indian Air Force (IAF).The MSRDC had proposed to have five emergency runways on the expressway in the case of floods or a war-like situation. However, it has said that after no keen interest was shown for the same, it has decided to scrap the construction.Countries like Germany, Singapore, Pakistan, China and Sweden have road runways also known as emergency runways. “There are mainly two reasons for scrapping the construction of the emergency runway. One is no permission granted and another one was civil aviation ministry citing security and feasibility issues behind having the emergency runways,” said an MSRDC official.Emergency runways will clash with state government’s regional connectivity plan to have airports in small cities and towns of the state. There are already several airports between Mumbai and Nagpur. Thus, it is difficult to have another emergency runway on the Expressway, the officials said.”We also told the IAF that if they want the emergency runways to be constructed, they should fund the construction and bear the expenses on maintenance and administration of the runways,” said an MSRDC official.Recently, IAF planes conducted landings on a stretch of the Lucknow-Agra Expressway. In May 2015, IAF successfully landed a Mirage-2000 on the Yamuna Expressway, near Mathura as part of its trials to use national highways for an emergency landing by fighter aircraft.The Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway is currently at bidding stage and the MSRDC is in the process of undertaking land acquisition for the six-lane proposed Expressway that is expected to cut down travel time from 15 hours to 10 hours between Mumbai and Nagpur.END OF THE ROADMSRDC had proposed to have five emergency runways on expressway.
Emergency runways will clash with state government’s regional connectivity plan to have airports in small cities and towns.
MSRDC is in the process of undertaking land acquisition for the six-lane proposed Expressway.

Monorail halted for 10 days after fire

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the state Urban Development department ordering an inquiry on Friday into the incident of the Wadala-Chembur Monorail coaches catching fire, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) announced that Monorail services will be shut for another 10 days.It said that line will be operational only after the independent committee submits its report and safety of the monorail train is established.”We are not going to make the Monorail operational till we get the report on the health of all the trains,” an MMRDA official said. “This may take another eight to 10 days. We also have to submit a report to the state urban development department in the next week or so, explaining the reason behind the fire and details of all 10 Monorail trains.”The shutting of commercial services of the Monorail will monetary losses to the MMRDA. Around 15,000 commuters use the first phase of the Monorail between Wadala and Chembur, every day. The ridership is expected to increase once the second phase, between Wadala and Jacob Circle, becomes operational.Meanwhile, the train that caught fire is still stuck at Mysore Colony Monorail station. Out of its total four coaches, two were affected by the fire and they will be taken back to the depot by Sunday evening; the remaining coaches will be pushed with the help of another Monorail.On Thursday morning, an empty Monorail on its way from Wadala Depot to Chembur, caught fire at Mysore Colony Monorail station. While the reason of fire is not known yet, the fire brigade is expected to prepare a report on the incident within a week. MMRDA’s independent committee will also conduct a probe.Ever since the first phase of the Monorail was made operational in 2014, it has been in the news for constant breakdowns in the rakes.

WiFi services on Mumbai-Pune Expressway put on hold as MSRDC puts driver safety as top priority

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra government has decided to push the plan of having high-speed internet services on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, and has instead gone ahead in prioritising driver safety instead.An MSRDC official said that the plan to install WiFi services on the expressway was put on hold, as certain precautionary measures had to be taken before providing internet services. “We are first looking at engineering safety and have to complete capacity augmentation of the expressway before providing internet services,” the official added.Earlier this year, MSRDC had announced that it would set up WiFi services on the expressway and had even invited telecom operators to bid proposals. “The plan was to have a proper communication system along the expressway. We recently installed telephone booths along the corridor, as the earlier ones were either not working or were missing,” the official added.The MSRDC has been on receiving end since the past two years with the number of accidents increasing every year. Currently, MSRDC is also carrying out augmentation of the old Mumbai-Pune Highway and certain repair works like installing safety nets to avoid landslides and installation of new cement panels on the Expressway considering the old one’s have developed cracks and needs to be replaced.

Burnt coaches yet to be moved

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>More than 48 hours after two coaches of a Monorail caught fire at Mysore Colony station on Thursday morning, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has still not been able to move the charred coaches from the accident spot. This has severely hit the Monorail services and also resulted in the suspension of the service between Wadala and Chembur.The reason for MMRDA failing to shift the burned train is because the team is still studying to conclude the exact cause of the fire.”We will probably take the burned Monorail back to the depot on Saturday evening. Two coaches that were burned will be lifted with the help of a crane and the other two coaches will be taken by pushing them with the help of another Monorail,” said an MMRDA official.One Monorail train has a total of four coaches. Meanwhile, MMRDA officials have said that they will approach the insurance company claiming the losses and damages occurred due to the fire.However, UPS Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner, told DNA, “We haven’t so far decided about the insurance claims. First priority is to inquire into the cause and be sure about the safety. Services will be started after we get reports about the safety of the trains.”According to MMRDA officials, the services will take time to resume and the team is currently trying to identify the cause of the fire. The MMRDA has also said that this incident will affect the second phase of the Monorail, between Wadala and Jacob Circle, which is in its final stages.Of the total ten trains, six are under maintenance and one caught fire. Ever since the first phase of the monorail was commissioned between Wadala and Chembur, it has been in the news for constant breakdowns.Delay aheadThe MMRDA team is still studying to conclude the exact cause of the fire. They have also said that this incident will affect the second phase of the Monorail, between Wadala and Jacob Circle, which is in its final stages.

Mumbai: Wadala-Chembur Monorail services shut as coach catches fire

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The services of Wadala-Chembur Monorail services were shut on Thursday morning after a fire broke out inside a coach.The incident took place at the Mysore Colony Monorail station at 5.15am.Though the exact reason is not known yet, the MMRDA said that the electric fault could be a cause of the fire.“Three fire tenders were rushed to the spot at 5.30 am and immediately fire was doused off. The reason for the fire is not known yet,” said a fire official.However, the fire did not cause any injuries or loss of life as the Monorail was being taken from Wadala Monorail Depot to Chembur and it was empty.Dilip Kawathkar, Spokesperson, MMRDA, said, “Exact cause of the fire is not known but it is due to some electrical fault. Currently, the process of taking the stuck Monorail train from Mysore Colony Monorail station is ongoing. The services of Monorail will be operational by afternoon.”Ever since the first phase of the monorail was commissioned between Wadala and Chembur, it has been in the news for constant breakdowns in the rakes. The first phase of Monorail between Wadala and Chembur was made operational in 2014 and the second phase is expected to be made operational in December.

Make In India’ a bane for Mumbai Metro?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While civil works for Metro corridors in the city are being carried out smoothly, the Central Government’s ‘Make In India’ initiative is proving to be a hurdle in the procurement of rolling stocks (coaches) for three Metro corridors, namely, the Andheri East–Dahisar East Metro-7 corridor, Dahisar- DN Nagar Metro-2A corridor, and DN Nagar-Mandale Metro-2B corridor.Reason? The Asian Development Bank (ADB) funding these three projects have reservations regarding this procurement policy wherein 75 per cent of the coaches will have to be manufactured in India, claimed Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) officials who have written to the central government seeking assistance on the same.An MMRDA official said, “We already started the civil work for Metro-2A and Metro-7 last year, and the same might get over by 2018, after which we will need rolling stocks to be ready to make these two corridors operational. But the ADB has been delaying the approval of the loan amount which is in a way delaying the procurement process.”The MMRDA official added, “The delay is majorly because of the procurement policy of rolling stocks wherein ADB has reservations over 75 per cent of rolling stocks being manufactured in India. We have written to the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) under the Ministry of Finance seeking assistance.”UPS Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, confirmed approaching the central government for the same. The MMRDA is self financing the civil cost of the all the three corridors mentioned and the cost for rolling stocks, and the rest would be financed by the ADB loan.This also means that as procurement of coaches is getting delayed, the MMRDA will have necessary infrastructure to run Metro but not have the coaches ready to run by next year.The MMRDA plans to procure 63 driver-less trains of six coaches each for the above mentioned Metro corridors of which 15 coaches will be manufactured outside India, and the remaining within the country.Prior to this, Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) funding the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 underground project had also expressed reservations over having Metro coaches manufactured in India, but had later agreed to the same.

MSRDC to begin valuation of its assets; BWSL to be insured soon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While the Bandra-Worli Sea Link (BWSL) was made operational in 2009 and the Mumbai-Pune Expressway in 2004, the cash-strapped Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), has, after so many years, decided to conduct a valuation of the iconic 4.7-km-long BWSL and the 94.5-km-long Expressway in order to have both projects covered by insurance.An official from MSRDC said, “We have initiated the process of appointing consultants who will do the valuation and on the basis of their fresh valuation we will decide the premium on insurance and the total amount of insurance of the assets owned by MSRDC.”Apart from the sea link and expressway, the other assets include city roads, bridges and flyovers owned by the MSRDC across the state, and bypass roads. Valuation will also be done for the corporation’s rail overbridges, subways, toll collection systems, residential and commercial premises, computers and other furniture and fixtures.Once covered by insurance, the MSRDC can make claims for the damages that may occur to both projects due to unavoidable circumstances such as a natural disaster or terrorist attack.The insuring of infrastructure projects is not new and has been a practice for a long time. Insurance also provides cover against third-party liability risks. However, currently, none of the projects of MSRDC — including the state’s toll collection booths and flyovers — are covered by insurance.An official from MSRDC, on the condition of anonymity, said, “The fact that none of our iconic infrastructures are covered by insurance is partly because of the corporation’s financial condition. As of today, our outstanding debt would be somewhere around Rs 4,000 crore.”The official added, “Many are questioning why we are going for insurance now, considering the financial condition is not good. It is only because the top political and bureaucratic authorities are afraid of facing flak. The development also comes in the backdrop of the state government sending managing director Radheshyam Mopalwar on forced leave after opposition parties alleged financial irregularities.”

MMRC to integrate Metro 3 with bullet train terminal at BKC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) executing the underground Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 corridor plans to interconnect (integrate) the underground Metro corridor with the proposed Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train terminal at Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC).The alignment of the underground Metro corridor passes through BKC where the terminal for the proposed bullet train between Mumbai and Ahmedabad is to come.According to MMRC officials, the BKC Metro station and bullet train terminal will be connected through an underground subway, which will have a moving walkway or travelator installed.”Installing a moving walkway depends on the distance between the BKC Metro station and bullet train terminal. If the distance turns out to be more than 300-500 metres, a walkway will have to be installed,” an MMRC official said.The official added, “At this stage, the exact location of bullet train terminal inside BKC has not been decided so we haven’t made any formal proposal. But we want to integrate both and will approach the National High-Speed Rail executing the bullet train project about the same.”This integration would be mean commuters from South Mumbai can come to BKC and can use the subway walkway to head towards the bullet train terminal.Similarly, plans to connect both the terminals to Mumbai Airport are under consideration too. “We have similar plans to connect both terminals to the airport,” he said.However, the construction of bullet train terminal inside BKC has been opposed by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and the state government citing that land in BKC is costly and the Railways should consider acquiring land at Kurla or Bandra where the Railways own ample amount of land.The MMRDA had also cited that the area where the bullet train terminal has been proposed is also wanted for the construction of an International Financial Services Centre (IFSC). However, after deliberation by the Centre, the state government has said that bullet train terminal and IFSC both may coexist at BKC.CONNECTIVITYThe construction of Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro 3 corridor started in October 2016 and it is a crucial connectivity point between north and south Mumbai. It expected to be completed by 2021.

MMRDA blames MSRDC for not issuing NOC for construction of Thane Metro

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), which is headed by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, has put the blame on Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) for delaying the issuing of no objection certificate (NOC) for construction of Wadala-Thane Metro-4 corridor, despite applying for the same more than a year ago.MSRDC is headed by Shiv Sena Minister Eknath Shinde, and MMRDA needs NOC from MSRDC as the Metro-4 corridor will go close by the flyovers that are maintained by the MSRDC on Eastern Express Highway (EEH).Senior MMRDA officials have claimed that they will bring the delay on part of MSRDC to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis in the war room meeting held to review infrastructure projects. However, MSRDC officials have claimed that MMRDA is not sharing the complete picture.”We were sent the alignment of Metro-4 after which we have replied back with our observations on the alignment way back in March 2017. We had observed that at several stretches the alignment was too near to our flyovers and we had expected them to reply us back on the safety concerns raised,” said a MSRDC official.MSRDC claims that it has asked the Information Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) to study the structural strength of flyovers on the Western and Eastern Express Highway. “We have faced several issues with MMRDA when it comes to ongoing construction of Dahisar East – Andheri East Metro-7 corridor. MMRDA has changed their alignment at several stretches resulting in they coming very near to the foundation of our flyovers, and this rakes up safety issues,” added the MSRDC official.MSRDC added that the officials from Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) are also in touch with us as their underground Metro corridor between Colaba-Seepz comes on WEH. “We have also asked the IIT-B to study that whether the vibrations caused due to underground Metro work would affect the structural strength of the existing flyovers,” the MSRDC official added.

October rains play spoilsport in floatel reopening

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The October showers that the city witnessed, did not only affect Diwali shopping and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) road repair works, but it has also delayed the reopening of the city’s first floating hotel, popularly known as floatel, post-monsoon by almost a month.The floatel, anchored off the Arabian Sea near Bandra-Worli Sea Link, was shut owing to monsoons starting June, and was to be reopened in the last week of September. However, due to climatic conditions, it was pushed by a month to October 27.Satish Soni, Joint Managing Director of Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), confirmed that the re-opening of the floatel was delayed.Chetan Bhende, Managing Director, WB International Consultants, told DNA, “According to our earlier plans, we were to reopen in the last week of September but due rainfall we couldn’t. Considering the boat is an open-to-sky deck the furniture can get wet in case of rainfall. We didn’t take a chance and are now going to reopen on October 27.”Bhende added, “So far we have got a good response and are getting a decent footfall every day.”The floatel was inaugurated earlier this year by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and is a joint venture (JV) between the MTDC, AB Hospitality and WB International Consultants. However, the state has not made any investment for the JV but 11% out of the total profit is shared with MTDC, as per the contract between the two.Normally September 30, is said to the official date for withdrawal of monsoon in and around Mumbai, but this year rainfall prolonged till mid October.Initially, there were plans to have the floatel anchored near Nariman Point, but the city collector along with the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC) denied the same citing certain concerns.STATE-OF-THE-ARTManufactured in the US, the floatel hosts three restaurants, a sky deck along with two multinational cuisine restaurants and including a club lounge equipped with a coffee shop. The floatel, which is a first in the state, can host around 700 guests at a time.

Only 40% slums eligible for rehab

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While a survey of the slums in Mumbai airport’s funnel zone is currently underway, a preliminary survey by the agencies involved indicates that only around 40 per cent of the total slum dwellers will be eligible for rehabilitation as the rest do not qualify for the cut-off date of eligibility decided by the state government.The cut-off date decided by the government is January 1, 2000 — only the slums that came up before this date will be eligible for rehabilitation, and the rest will be marked as ineligible in the Annexure-II report that is being prepared to identify the eligibility of these slum dwellers.A state government official involved in the process said, “The survey is being conducted in four slum pockets — land that is crucial to activities related to the expansion of Mumbai airport. There would be around 8,000 to 8,500 slum dwellers in these pockets around the airport.” The official added, “Based on our preliminary findings, it is indicative that not more than 40 per cent out of the approximate total of 8,500 slum dwellers will be eligible for rehabilitation. Considering there are many ineligible slum dwellers, the rehabilitation process seems to be a tough task. The state government will have to take a call on whether a new policy needs to be introduced for these ineligible slum dwellers or it would force evict them.”The collector’s office and various agencies like Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development (MMRDA), Airport Authority of India (AAI), Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL), Slum Rehabilitation Authority, and Housing Department are currently involved in the ongoing survey.EXPANSION PLANSAAI signed an Operation Management and Development Agreement with MIAL to run Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport for 30 years.
Once MIAL took over, it wanted to develop the entire 802-hectare land which included 125-hectare of land encroached by slums.
MIAL signed an agreement with MMRDA in 2006 for facilitating the rehabilitation of the slum dwellers.

IIT-B now part of Navi Mumbai airport project

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) has roped in Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) along with the Central Institute of Mining and Fuel Research (CIMFR) to be guided on carrying out blasting activities for cutting out Ulwe Hill in order to construct the Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA).The blasting will bring down the hill to around 10 meters from the current 90 meters and will pave way for constructing the runway of the proposed international airport.Bhushan Gagrani, Managing Director, Cidco, said, “We have roped in the Dhanbad-based CIMFR, which is an expert in the field of blasting, and have also roped in IIT-B for the same.Though IIT-B does not have the expertise in carrying out blasting but activities that are carried pre and post blasting would be undertaken under the guidance and expert suggestion of authorities from the IIT-B.”The blasting activities also include carrying out of trial blasting.

Metro-1 grapples with technical faults

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL) claims to have been consistently maintaining punctuality of 98-99 per cent on the Versova -Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro-1 corridor. But, in the meanwhile, it has been grapling with several other issues like increasing technical failures in the Chinese rolling stock (coaches). In the first six months of this year alone, these technical failures have almost doubled when compared to the corresponding period in 2016.While a total of 24 failures in rolling stock were reported in 2016, the figure touched 22 in just the first six months of this year.According to data from the monthly reports prepared by the Independent Engineer (IE) of Metro-1, a joint venture between Sener and ACPL, there were around 13 failures in the Chinese Rolling Stock in the first six months of 2016 between January and June. In the second half of 2016, the number of failures in Chinese rolling stock went down to around 11 failures.However, the number of failures doubled in the first six months of 2017, between January and June, to around 22 failures.The failures were many — sudden incidents of automatic doors of the Metro failing to open or close, non-operational headlights, the emergency mode setting off on its own, leaking battery cells etc.In one such incident, both headlights of a Metro car were found to be not working. In one of its monthly reports, the IE recorded that one trip was delayed as the pilot on February 19, 2017 reported that both headlights were not working.”Even after resetting, the fault persisted. Hence, walkway lights were switched on and train was moved with restricted speed in available visibility condition,” the Monthly Report for February 2017 reads.The highest number of Rolling Stock failures between the period of January 2016 and June 2017 was in the month of June 2017. Around six technical failures were witnessed in Rolling Stock of Metro-1. Doors failing to open and train brakes not releasing, trains not getting traction above 5-kmph were few of the reasons for the highest number of failures.A total of 10 trips were delayed, and two trips were cancelled in June 2017 owing to approximately six failures related to Rolling Stock. The lowest number of Rolling Stock failures was one in February 2016, March 2016, July 2016, August 2016 and October 2016.The Rolling Stocks for Metro-1 were procured from M/s CSR, Nanjing China. The configuration of each Rolling Stock is of four coach rakes, extendable up to six coaches in future, and the fleet size is 16. The air-conditioned Rolling Stock of Metro-1 is designed with a speed limit of 80-kmph and the operating speed to 50-kmph.Punctuality maintained at 98-99 per cent despite problemsDespite the technical glitches or failures in its rolling stock, signalling and telecommunications the operations of Metro-1 have not been affected. The Metro-1 has maintained a punctuality average of 98-99 per cent in terms of running actual services when compared with planned services.Between January 2016 and March 2016 around 31,019 services were planned to be operated, and MMOPL ran one surplus service in the same period, that is 31,020 services.Further between April 2016 and June 2016, MMOPL ran 31,311 services against the planned 31,320 services which means a deficit of running nine less services.Between July 2016 and September 2016, MMOPL ran a total of 31,548 services whereas the same number of services were planned to be run between the above mentioned period. Between October 2016 and December 2016, MMOPL ran a total of 31,558 services .
Signalling failures double but escalator troubles dip this yrNot only failures of the rolling stock, the Metro-1 corridor has also been hit by technical failures that are crucial for the operation of the Metro corridor. These include signalling failures, telecommunication failures, faults in the escalators and lifts on the Metro station, along with failures of the Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) gates.According to the data accessed exclusively by DNA, there were around 45 failures relating to the signalling of Metro-1 between the period of January 2016 and June 2016. These failures doubled in the second half, with 103 signalling failures between the period of July 2016 and December 2016.In the first half of 2017, there were around 93 signalling failures reported between the period of January 2017 and June 2017. This takes the total number of signalling failures between January 2016 and June 2017 to around 241.The highest number of signalling failures were reported in the months of October 2016 and June 2017, with the total failures being around 35 and 28 respectively. The lowest number of signalling failures reported were around three in May 2016.Further, there were around 675 telecommunication failures reported between January 2016 and June 2017. Between the same period, around 74 failures were reported in the radio of Metro pilot that is part of telecommunication failures. The radio is used by the Metro pilot for contacting and coordinating between the Metro stations and Metro control room.The highest number of 10 failures in the radio system were reported in September 2016, and the lowest of two failures in March-April and May 2017. Around 448 failures were reported in the CCTV cameras that are installed at Metro stations and depot.Topping the list of failures are the automatic fare collection (AFC) gates, which is where the commutes swipe their tokens or smart cards for accessing the way towards the Metro.Birds snapping overhead wire a major issueThe services of Metro-have been affected several times due to birds snapping the overhead wires that supply power to the rolling stock.According to the data given by IE for Metro-1, 86 failures due to bird snapping were reported between January 2016 and October 2016. The highest number of 23 failures were reported in April 2016.In one such case, on February 23, 2017, 38 Metro services were cancelled and two were delayed after a breakdown of overhead wire was reported near Azad Nagar Metro station. “The overhead wire breakdown was due to the bird fault between the return conductor and anti-creep wire, which resulted in parting of both conductors,” reads the monthly report prepared by IE in March 2017.”Anti-bird devices/ methods maybe developed and implemented on experimental basis,” reads one of the suggestions given to MMOPL by the IE.’Our process ensures that faults don’t become failures’While the IE’s monthly reports term them technical ‘failures’, MMOPL maintains that these are ‘faults’, all of which are recorded irrespective of magnitude, so that they can be rectified immediately.When contacted, A Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL), spokesperson said, “The number of faults depends on the traffic, and MMOPL is taking corrective action for the same. If the number of faults has gone up over last year, it is solely on account of the heavier footfall and the increased number of trips the Metro is undertaking. These faults have not turned into service-affecting failures except in the odd case just because of our stringent processes that ensure that faults don’t graduate to failure. Even if one were to take the number of faults reported over the systems usage, it is clear that their occurrences range from 2-5 faults per million operations.”The spokesperson, added, “A case in point is AFC failure. A total of 1,249 AFC failures/faults were reported between January ’16 and June ’17, as per the report. The total number of passengers who travelled during this period is 13.22 crore. Each passenger uses the AFC twice (one Entry & one Exit). On that basis, the fault rate comes to 4.7 per million operations, which is in fact a performance any metro system would like to boast of.The spokesperson further added, “We accord uncompromising priority to commuter safety and performance standards. Our robust and pro-active reporting regime is geared towards identifying each minor fault and undertaking immediate remedial action so that these do not graduate to service-disrupting failures. This is how MMOPL manages to maintain its performance of 99.9 per cent punctuality and 100 per cent availability on continuous basis.MMOPL has achieved 100 per cent punctuality continuously for all days of a particular month several times in last 39 months of its operation.”

Metro-1 reels under signalling, radio communication glitches

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Monthly reports prepared by the Independent Engineer (IE) of the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro-1 corridor say the corridor has several technical ‘failures’ with rolling stock or coaches, signalling, telecommunication, power supply, as well as escalators and lifts at stations. The corridor is operated by Reliance Infrastructure-led Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL), and glitches connected to the Automatic Fare Collection gate top the list.Monthly reports prepared by the IE between January 2016 and June 2017, accessed by DNA, show that while there were 13 technical failures in the Chinese rolling stocks in the first six months of 2016, there were 11 failures in the next six months. In the first six months of 2017 alone, there were as many as 22 failures.However, none of these hitches have led to major accidents that resulted in loss of human life, and MMOPL has been able to maintain a punctuality rate of around 98-99% every month.While the IE’s monthly reports term them technical ‘failures’, MMOPL calls them ‘faults’. It’s officials say that even minor faults are recorded in a transparent manner as part of a robust monitoring mechanism, and are addressed immediately, before they can affect operations.”Number of faults depends on the traffic and MMOPL is taking corrective action,” said a MMOPL spokesperson.”If the number of faults has gone up over the last year, it is solely on account of heavier footfall and increased number of trips the Metro is undertaking. These faults have not turned into service-affecting failures except in the odd case just because of our stringent processes that ensure that faults do not graduate to failure.”These snags include failure of the Metro doors to open or close, headlights not working, train going into emergency mode, leakage in battery cells, etc. There have also been failures related to signalling and telecommunication— as many as 241 signalling failures were reported between January 2016 and June 2017.Signalling is crucial for operation of any form of mode of transport. Around 675 telecommunication hitches were reported between January 2016 and June 2017, including 74 failures relating to the radio system between Metro pilot, Metro station and Metro control room, and 448 failures of CCTV cameras.Topping the list are snags related to the Automatic Fare Collection gate. IE’s reports recorded 1,249 of them. There have also been 338 issues in the escalators and lifts at the stations.”We accord uncompromising priority to commuter safety and performance standards,” said the MMOPL spokesperson. “Our robust and pro-active reporting regime is geared towards identifying each minor fault and undertaking immediate remedial action so that these do not graduate to service-disrupting failures. This is how MMOPL manages to maintain its performance of 99.9% punctuality and 100% availability on continuous basis. MMOPL has achieved 100% punctuality continuously for all days of a particular month several times in last 39 months of its operation.”

Report on MMRC’s PR firm appointment sought

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The State’s Chief Secretary’s office has sought a report from the Urban Development Department headed by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) executing the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 underground corridor to appoint a private Public Relation (PR) agency without floating e-tenders for appointment despite the state and central government making it mandatory to follow e-tendering process for purchase of more than Rs 3 lakh and Rs 2 lakh to maintain transparency.DNA had reported on September 27, 2017, about MMRC appointing M/S Genesis Burson-Marsteller, a public relations agency, to handle media and communications for MMRC by calling quotations and not conducting e-tendering process for the appointment.However, MMRC had claimed that there was no breach of transparency in the appointment of the PR firm by paying Rs 71.04 lakh, that is Rs 5.92 lakh per month for a period from April 2017 to March 2018.Suraj Mandhare, Joint Secretary to Sumit Mullick, Chief Secretary, Government of Maharashtra, told DNA, “On the basis of the information received about MMRC appointing PR agency without e-tendering, I have forwarded the matter to the Urban Development Department, and I am expecting them to get details on the matter, and submit a report to this office.”Nitin Kareer, Principal Secretary Urban Development Department, informed DNA, “I have sent all the details received from the Chief Secretary’s office to Ashwini Bhide, Managing Director of MMRC. I have asked her to find out the facts on the matter, and you shall contact her on the matter.”However, Bhide was not available for comments. A text message sent to Bhide and R Ramana, executive director (planning), MMRC who awarded the contract to private PR agency, remained unanswered till the time of going to the press.Responding to a query of DNA in September 2017, about why e-tendering was not conducted to appoint PR agency despite state government mandating to tender procurement above Rs 3 lakh to be e-tendered to maintain transparency, MMRC had contended that as it is jointly owned by the Government of India (GoI) and Government of Maharashtra (GoM), the procurement process followed is in conformity with GoI guidelines in respective fields.However, according to the norms of Expenditure Department of GOI, e-tendering should be done for every purchase that is above Rs 2 lakh.

5 years on, Bhayander-Naigaon Sea Link estimate up by 200%

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Administrative delays and pending environmental clearance have led to the construction cost of the 5.3-km-long Sea Link connecting Bhayander and Naigaon over the Vasai creek to increase by more than 200 per cent. The estimated cost from Rs 300 crore in 2013 has increased to around Rs 1,000 crore in 2017.The project is planned to run parallel to the Western Railway Bridge between Bhayander and Naigaon. However, the project has failed to take off since 2007 since the first time it was conceptualised. The project has been stuck owing to environmental clearance and villagers of Panju Island over which the sea link passes.A senior MMRDA official, said, “We are going to approach the forest department for the clearance of mangroves and have also approached the salt commissioner in Delhi. The updated cost of the project is now around Rs 1,000 crore. It is very obvious as there is an escalation of cost on annual basis.” The official further added, “We are currently in the process of preparing an environmental impact assessment report and simultaneously a tree count is also underway to identify the number of trees that will have to be axed.”However, to recover the project cost, MMRDA is yet to decide whether commuters would be charged the toll or not. “We will construct the sea link and hand it over to the Mira-Bhayander Municipal Corporation (MBMC) for operation and maintenance. It will then be up to them to decide on levying toll for motorists or not. Tenders for construction work will be floated by March 2018,” a MMRDA official said.Motorists travelling to Naigaon and further down to Vasai, Virar and towards Gujarat can use this sea link.

Can amend RERA to make it buyer-friendly

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Addressing allegations that Maharashtra Real Estate Regulatory Authority (MahaRERA) is going soft on builders, the state’s Housing Minister, Prakash Mehta, on Saturday said that the state government can always amend the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act to make it more buyer-friendly in case the government gets representations for the same from common citizens and the real estate industry.”RERA has proved to be very helpful for homebuyers who were facing problems owing to delayed possession, but if there are allegations that it is not being tough on builders, the state government can always amend the RERA. If we get representations or request for a change in certain provisions we will amend RERA,” Mehta told DNA.There were allegations in the past that MahaRERA was going soft on builders in terms of levying fines for late registration. A bunch of housing activists had also written to the state government in September citing that MahaRERA is levying fewer fines for late registration with the authority. After the initial deadline of July 31, around 10,000 developers had registered their projects and after which RERA gave extensions on two occasions that allowed developers to register their project by paying a fine.Further, till September 30, around 13,500 developers had registered their projects with MahaRERA. However, the authority had clarified that no more extensions would be given to developers for registering their projects after missing several deadlines.RERA is said to be a pro-homebuyer Act under which all real estate projects are to be registered. The Act is said to make the process of buying and selling of houses “transparent” with buyers able to register complaints against developers online.Under RERA, all new and ongoing projects that are yet to get occupation certificate (OC) have to register with the housing regulator. RERA aims to protect the interests of homebuyers by penalising developers for delays in the projects, and also states that the builder must provide quarterly reports of the progress of the project.RAISING AN ALARMFew housing activists had written to the state government in September citing that MahaRERA is levying fewer fines for late registration

Airport worries cap height of proposed IFSC at 61 mts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The proposed International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) at Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) will not be taller than 61 metres, or about 20 storeys. This is seen as a direct effect of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, a United Nations special agency in the aviation sector, denying height relaxation for BKC.This would mean the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) will not be able to have vertical growth for IFSC and will have to go for horizontal growth to utilise maximum Floor Space Index (FSI).This, however, would mean less open space inside the campus.There are height restrictions at BKC and Wadala as the area falls in the trajectory of the runway for the domestic and international airports. Further restrictions are imposed so that there is no interference with radar signals that control air traffic.UPS Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, said, “The report by ICAO has not suggested any height relaxation for BKC and for IFSC … This may result in having less open space available but the design could be made accordingly.”According to MMRDA officials they are yet to finalise the design because of the Railways’ demand for getting land demarcated for construction of bullet train terminal.The construction of IFSC is proposed over 50 hectares of land at G-Text Block at BKC for which the permissible FSI is 4 and the maximum height limit at the particular plots reserved for IFSC is 61.45 meters and that means no construction above 18-20 story. This is seen as a direct effect of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, a United Nations special agency in the aviation sector, denying height relaxation for BKC.This would mean the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) will not be able to have vertical growth for IFSC and will have to go for horizontal growth to utilise maximum Floor Space Index (FSI).This, however, would mean less open space inside the campus.There are height restrictions at BKC and Wadala as the area falls in the trajectory of the runway for the domestic and international airports. Further restrictions are imposed so that there is no interference with radar signals that control air traffic.

SGNP to lose 1.48 lakh sq mt to new route

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>About 1.48 lakh sqmt of Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) land will be deforested for the construction of the first phase of the Virar-Alibaug multi-modal corridor, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has said.In its draft environmental assessment report submitted to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB), the MMRDA said that along with 1.48 lakh square meters of SGNP land, it will also have to deforest around 6.90 lakh square meters of mangroves for the project’s phase-1.Furthermore, the project will pass within a 10-km radius of Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, Karnala Bird Sanctuary and Matheran eco-sensitive zone, the MMRDA report says.”The major long-term negative impact will be the permanent loss of about 14.8 hectares (1.48 lakh square meters) of Sanjay Gandhi national Park, and 793 hectares non-forest land tree (mangroves) located within the proposed ROW (Right Of Way) of multi-modal corridor,” the environmental assessment report reads. SGNP has one of the highest density of leopards, with over 30 spotted cats in the 103 sq. km park.However, according to the report this will not affect important protected wildlife species. “This can, however, be mitigated by compensatory afforestation,” the report further reads.”There may also be some small-scale temporary impact on wildlife habitats.However, investigations show that this is not a significant issue for important protected species.”The report further points out that the corridor will pass through or pass closely several green pockets in and around the city – it will pass through SGNP, pass 153 meters away from Tungreshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, 5813 meters away from Karnala Bird Sanctuary and 105 meters away from Matheran Eco-sensitive Zone.A senior MMRDA official said, “We have sent the proposal to the state wildlife board and all concerned authorities for land acquisition. After the state wildlife board approves it, it will also go to the National Wildlife Board.”The 126-km-long Virar-Alibaug Multi-modal Corridor is divided into two phases. The first phase is between Virar and Chirner near Jawarhal Nehru Port Terminal (JNPT) and the second phase is between Chirner and Alibaug.Once completed, it will take 75 minutes to travel from Virar to Alibaug. The corridor will have eight lanes and will connect NH8 (Ahmedabad), NH3 (Agra-Delhi), NH4 (Pune-Bangalore), NH4 B (JNPT) and the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. There are plans for dedicated bus lanes and a Metro corridor.

E-way: MSRDC to seek ASI approval

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) will be approaching the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to obtain no objection certificate (NOC) considering the heritage locations are located close to the proposed Mumbai Nagpur Expressway.The Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) has asked the MSRDC to obtain NOC from the ASI as the proposed Expressway is planned in the 7-km radius of some famous heritage locations like Bibi Ka Maqbara, Aurangabad Caves, and Daulatabad Fort.Kiran Kurundkar, joint managing director, MSRDC, said, “We are going to approach the ASI to seek its NOC as per the MoEF’s directions.”Recently, the MoEF while giving environment clearance had said that MSRDC should seek clearance from ASI and also the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) to provide locations of animal crossing and suggest safety measure for the presence of wildlife corridor crossings.”We have already passed the underpass for wildlife throughout the Expressway. However, we were suggested to change locations of a few underpasses. We will accordingly accommodate the recommendations of changing locations of wildlife underpasses,” Kurundkar added.The Expressway would have total over 400 vehicular underpasses, over 300 wildlife and pedestrian underpasses and over 50 flyovers. The Rs 46,000-crore Expressway project is expected to reduce the travel time between Mumbai and Nagpur to 10 hours from the current 15-17 hours.Between Bhiwandi and Nagpur, 84 per cent of the total 10,000 hectares required land for the Expressway construction is prime agricultural land, while 13 per cent is uncultivated land. The remaining 1.92 per cent is a forest land.

Toll charges to rise from today, cars remain unaffected

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>From October 1, toll charges at five entry points in the city will increase for heavy vehicles and buses. The increase will be around 15 per cent to 18 per cent in the toll amount for minibuses, light commercial vehicles, trucks, buses and heavy motor vehicles. However, light motor vehicles like cars and jeeps are spared from the hike.There are five entry points in the city namely Dahisar, Vashi, Airoli and two in Mulund at LBS Marg and Eastern Express Highway. The increased toll for heavy vehicles including trucks and buses is between Rs 20-30 and will be levied starting midnight of September 30.While toll charges for cars and jeeps will remain unchanged at Rs 35, the toll for light commercial vehicles will increase to Rs 55 from Rs 45. Further, the toll for trucks and buses would go up by Rs 15, from Rs 90 to Rs 105. For heavy motor vehicles, the revised rate will be Rs 135 from Rs 115.This development would also mean that public transport buses will have to pay the increased toll charges and this would be an additional burden on the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply & Transport, Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation, Thane Municipal Transport, Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport, and Mira-Bhayander Municipal Transport as their bus services run through these toll nakas.”The toll is being increased for every category except cars and jeeps. The notification issued by the state government in 2002 allows revising the toll every three years. However, for cars and jeeps, the revision has been limited to every six years,” said, Jayant Mhaiskar, Managing Director, Mumbai Entry Points (MEP), toll collection agency.REVISED RATESCars and jeeps: Rs 35 (same as before)
Light commercial vehicles: From Rs 45 to Rs 55
Trucks/Bus: From Rs 90 to Rs 105
Heavy motor vehicles: From Rs 115 to Rs 135

DMRC issues notice to Reliance over defunct street lights on Link Road

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) executing the Dahisar- DN Nagar Metro-2A corridor has issued a notice to Reliance Infrastructure alleging that street lights on Link Road are not functional on the stretch where the Metro construction work is ongoing leading to darkness on the road.The notice comes after public complaints about dark streets on Link Road as most of the street lights are not functional. The notice issued by DMRC to Reliance Infrastructure Limited, with the subject ‘repairing of street light poles between IC Colony at Borivli and Rushi Sankul on New Link Road,’ reads, “The street light poles between IC Colony at Borivli and Rushi Sankul on New Link Road are not working. There are a lot of public complaints of darkness in this portion. It is requested to get the street light poles working so that there is sufficient illumination in the area.”A DMRC official, said, “There were street lights on the median (centre) before the Metro work had started. Later, the contractor shifted the utilities and now it is the duty of Reliance to have the lights working in a proper condition. Our contractor has installed maximum lighting but it is not sufficient during night hours and many motorists have complained of no visibility.”However, Reliance Energy which is part of Reliance Infrastructure said that the light poles have been kept off.”The poles on the roadside have been kept off the network as overhead cables have been severed by miscreants during the day, to draw power illegally at night, creating a public safety hazard. We have filed an FIR with MHB Colony police station and have written to MCGM (BMC) to pay us 50% of the damage charges as a part of the agreement to take these poles into service. We will revert to the DMRC notice accordingly,” said Reliance Energy spokesperson that is part of Reliance Infrastructure.

MMRDA plans to rent out space on monorail piers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Even as the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is yet to make the second phase of the monorail between Wadala and Jacob Circle operational, it has now figured that it can at least make some revenue by renting out the space on its piers (pillars) to advertisers.Since construction began in 2008, the pillars for the second phase have been ready for over five years now. “It would be too early to say how much revenue would be generated from the renting of space on the pillars, but the revenue generated from this would be utilised for infrastructure projects in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region,” said Dilip Kawathkar, spokesperson, MMRDA.The second phase is expected to be made operational in December and the MMRDA is going to approach the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) next month to start conducting the trial runs.However, this similar attempt of leasing out space for advertisements — last time inside the coaches — did not yield any fruit, as phase one has been beleaguered by low ridership numbers.

Loan sought for Mum-Nagpur E-way

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) under the Union Finance Ministry has written to the South Korean government asking for a loan of Rs 35,000 crore for construction of the 701-km Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway, officials of the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), which is executing the project, said.”We have been recently informed by the DEA that they have recommended a loan of Rs 35,000 crore for the construction of the Mumbai Nagpur Expressway with the government bank of South Korea,” Kiran Kurundkar, joint managing director of MSRDC, told DNA.Kurundkar added that the corporation was also in talks with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) “Whoever offers a feasible rate of interest on the loan would be considered for the funds,” he said.The recommendation by the DEA comes at a time when Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is scheduled to visit South Korea as party of a three nation tour whose agenda includes getting funds for the Rs 46,000 crore expressway.Seventy per cent of the funds is expected to be generated from national and international banks, while the rest has to be raised by MSRDC through equity.The MSRDC has already got Rs 1,800 crore loan from the Housing and Urban Development Corporation Limited (HUDCO). Also the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) had asked Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), the Maharashtra Housing and Development Authority (Mhada), the City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO), the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) and Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) to lend Rs 1,000 crore for the project.ABOUT THE PROJECTThe project is currently at the bidding stage. The state needs about 10,000 hectares of land for Mumbai-Nagpur Expressway construction.
Of the land between Bhiwandi and Nagpur, around 84 per cent is agricultural, 13 per cent is fallow, and 1.92 per cent is forest land.
CM Fadnavis has also recently pitched for a bullet train between Mumbai and Nagpur.

Mumbai rains: Despite security strike on Tuesday, Metro records all-time high of 4.13 lakh commuters

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mumbai Metro 1 corridor that connects Versova to Ghatkopar via Andheri, on Tuesday had 4 lakh commuters ferrying the route on Tuesday. The reason for the rise in travellers was the heavy rains that started at 2pm. A Metro One spokesperson said, “We recorded 4.13 lakh commuters on Tuesday. The trains were punctual, which was a big plus.”Apart from the commuters, it as a tough day for the Metro officials as the state security staff had called a day-long strike.According to the Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL), operating the Metro, Metro-1’s record ridership announced last month stood at 3.8 lakh commuters on July 17, 2017 followed by 3.71 lakh on June 28, 2017, and on September 21, 2016, it had carried 3.68 lakh commuters.The expenditure to operate Metro-1 stood at about Rs 1,500 crore between June 2014 and June 2017. Meanwhile, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region recorded heavy rainfall in the past 24 hours with the state government deciding to keepschools and colleges in Mumbai Metropolitan Region to remain closed today in view of heavy rains.Also 56 flights were diverted to different airports till this morning as the main runway continued to be out of use.

Flamingos, night can’t stop MTHL work now

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In what is a major relief for bai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), construction work for the 22-km long Sewri-Nhava Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) will now be undertaken all through the night and even when flamingos flock to the Sewri mudflats during winters.The Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) has given green signal to the state government for carrying out the construction work all through the night and throughout the year. Earlier, the MMRDA through the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) had requested the MoEF to allow the construction work during night hours and scrap the condition that work cannot be undertaken when flamingos flock to the mudflats.Sanjay Khandare, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner of MMRDA, said: “We were informed last week that we can carry out work during the night hours and also when the flamingos arrive.”The MMRDA had contended that if the construction work is not allowed during the flamingo season, they would be left only with three months in a year as monsoon covers three months and the rest of the months would go with flamingos flocking the mudflats.“The restrictions would have resulted in delaying the project and in cost escalation,” said a MMRDA official.Furthermore, the MoEF has not permitted any type of blasting for the construction of MTHL during night hours. However, MMRDA has said it would not need to carry any blasting activities.An official from the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), monitoring the impact on flamingos during construction of MTHL, said, “It is better MMRDA completes the work as early as possible, and leave from the area rather than carrying out work with restrictions for a longer period.”The MTHL is a project that was proposed way back in 1980’s but was stuck due to environmental clearance. MTHL will provide direct access to Navi Mumbai from Mumbai and will also connect proposed International Airport.

MMRDA mulls metro link to Virar, Vasai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Anticipating urban sprawl in satellite cities nearing Mumbai, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is now planning to have a Metro corridor connecting Vasai and Virar to Mumbai. With this corridor, commuters would be able to seamlessly travel between Virar and Churchgate.Commuters would be benefitted with direct connectivity between Virar and Churchgate by taking interchanging Metro at Dahisar and Airport. At Dahisar, commuters can take the Dahisar east- Andheri east Metro-7 corridor and travel up to Airport and from there, commuters can take the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 underground corridor.UPS Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, told DNA, “We will have to ultimately connect Vasai and Virar with Metro connectivity and not have Metro only up to Bhayander. We would be preparing the detailed project report (DPR) for connecting Vasai and Virar with Metro.”“The Metro corridor connecting Vasai and Virar would not be taken up for execution immediately but would be taken up gradually. This because the priority of MMRDA is to complete the Metro works for which the work has already started or is at bidding stage,” said a MMRDA official.

Govt goes soft BKC for bullet train entry

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the backdrop of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe going to conduct the stone-laying ceremony for ambitious bullet train project connecting Mumbai and Ahmedabad on Wednesday, the Maharashtra government has softened its stand of allowing Railways entering Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) for construction of bullet train terminal.The state government has proposed two locations inside BKC for construction of the bullet train terminal. The third one is proposed at Dharavi, which the Railways is unlikely to accept, state government officials said.Earlier, the state government and Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) were opposed to giving land to the Railways for bullet train terminal at BKC, citing it to be costly and the MMRDA wanting the vacant land for construction of International Financial Service Centre (IFSC).However, the bullet train project is a pet project of PM Modi and it was on the demand of the Centre that the state government had to change its decision.”The state government has proposed two locations inside BKC. Of the two, one is near Mithi River. The other one is at IFSC,” UPS Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, told DNA.According to MMRDA officials, if the Railways does not find the site near Mithi River, the both the bullet train terminals would be at IFSC. The design would be prepared accordingly.MMRDA, however, earlier had pointed out that the land rate in BKC is very high and it wants to monetise the land parcels in BKC for garnering funds for crucial infrastructure projects in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). It also wants to construct an International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) on the plot, which the Railways want for the bullet train terminal.Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese PM Shinzo Abe will be laying the foundation stone of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train on Thursday from Ahmedabad in Gujarat. The high-speed corridor will be elevated, and bullet train will ply at 300 km to 350 km per hour. The estimated cost of the project will be Rs 1,10,000 crore. Of this, Japan will offer a loan of Rs 88,000 crores at an interest of 0.1%. The amount will be repaid in 50 years to the foriegn country with 15 years grace.Bullet train will cover 508-km from Mumbai and Ahmedabad. The 12 proposed stations between Mumbai and Ahmedabad are BKC, Thane, Virar, Boisar, Vapi, Bilimora, Surat, Bharuch, Vadodara, Anand, Ahmedabad and Sabarmati. The distance would be covered in 2 hours and 58 minutes.AnalysisThe state government’s softening its stand on allowing construction of bullet train terminal at BKC would help the Railways clear one of the major hurdle considering BKC is proposed to be one of the starting point of bullet train and the land acquisition for the same is crucial for the project to begin civil construction work.

MMRDA to consult IIT-B for Dr Ambedkar memorial

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has decided to take the assistance of experts from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) for the construction of the 350-foot tall Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Memorial at Indu Mill in Dadar. The MMRDA plans to consult experts from IIT-B on avoiding corrosion of steel that will be used for the memorial’s construction.Pravin Darade, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, said, “We are going to take opinion from IIT on using steel for the memorial. Since the memorial will be close to the sea, there are chances of corrosion. The opinion will be regarding which parts must be made of stainless steel to avoid corrosion.” The opinion from IIT will help MMRDA identify the spots where corrosion is possible and only those would be made of stainless steel.”When it comes to corrosion, it has to be studied in depth and it involves science. If the corrosion is not protected or prevented, it can lead to a major safety issue,” said an official from MMRDA.The MMRDA has also planned an auditorium, meditation area and a pond along with the memorial. The proposed pond will be a replica of Chavdar Tale, the main tank of Mahad where Dr Ambedkar hosted a satyagraha in 1927.So far, around five Indian companies have shown interest in the memorial’s construction for which the cost is estimated to be Rs 600 crore. The MMRDA plans to award the construction contract by this year’s end and have the memorial constructed within the next three years.MORE ATTRACTIONSThe MMRDA has also planned an auditorium with a seating capacity of about 800.
An assembly hall, museum, library, garden and parking space for visitors have also been proposed

Centre urged to start ferry service

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After expressing apprehensions over the feasibility of plans for water transport between Nariman Point and Borivali in Gorai, the state government through the Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB) has sent a proposal to the Central government to go ahead and execute the project on their own.Atul Patne, Chief Executive Officer, MMB, told DNA, “We have sent the proposal to the Ministry of Shipping for executing the water transport project after we were asked by the Centre.”The MMB had, earlier this year, floated bids seeking expression of interest (EOI) from companies for the water passenger transport service between Nariman Point and Gorai in Borivli. However, MMB later said that the project may not be technically and financially feasible.Speaking on the challenges, a senior MMB official, said, “If we talk of water transport connectivity, we will need a number of jetties between Nariman Point and Borivli to make the project financially viable and allow for more citizens to have access to the facility.”The official added, “But having jetties at every location is not possible due to the cost factors involved and need for surplus infrastructure.”Last month, the state government had come under flak after Union Minister Nitin Gadkari had slammed the Maharashtra government’s bureaucracy for delaying the water transport project. Gadkari had told DNA on August 8, “I was informed about these apprehensions. If the state government does not find the project feasible, we will develop a feasible model for them.Estimated at a cost Rs 2,000, the water transport project between Nariman Point and Gorai is also the cheapest mass transportation project when compared with other projects that connect Island city with western suburbs.AT A GLANCEWater transport services have been proposed between several locations like Nariman Point and Gorai in Borivli, Thane and Navi Mumbai since the late 1990s
However, all these projects have been only on paper from past several years or at execution stage
This was one of the reasons Gadkari had publicly criticised the state government for delaying it and said the Centre could help them

Xavier’s questions impact of Metro work

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The geology department of the iconic St Xavier’s College in CST will approach the Metro authorities that are carrying out civil works for Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 underground corridor opposite to the college, wanting to know whether the structural stability of the college would be affected due to the tunnelling work of Metro-3. The St Xavier’s College’s structure is a 150-year-old heritage building.Agnelo Menezes, Principal, St Xavier’s College, told DNA, “We are aware that the Metro work is ongoing but the MMRC authorities have not approached us till now. But I will ask my geology department to approach MMRC officials and ask them whether the civil works for the Metro-3 will compromise the structure of St Xavier’s College or not.”Considering that the tunnelling work is likely to result in vibrations, the MMRC is carrying out a pre-construction building survey of the structures parallel to the alignment of the Metro-3 corridor.A senior MMRC official, said, “We have carried out a survey and our contractors are in touch with the structure owners who are in the radius of 25 metres from the construction site which is our buffer zone. However, Xavier’s College is on the other side of the road which is around 100 metres or close to 100 metres away from the construction site.”The MMRC had also carried out a study in which, 1,435 buildings were identified throughout the alignment to be affected due to the construction of underground Metro.Building SurveyAs there are several heritage buildings in the South Mumbai stretch between Colaba and Girgaum Chowpatty, the MMRC had also carried out a study in which, 1,435 buildings were identified throughout the alignment to be affected due to the construction of underground Metro.

Legal tangles delay completion of Metro-3

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Legal tangles and hurdles owing to the stay order by the Bombay Hight Court has slowed the completion of the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 underground corridor work. Consequently, the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) has said that there will be a delay in making the corridor operational.Recently, the MMRC said that the first phase which was initially planned for the metro to run between Aarey Colony and Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) has now been shortened to operate only from Aarey Colony to Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA).According to MMRC officials, the distance of the phase has been reduced due to the tree-cutting restraints along the construction site, which was imposed by the HC earlier this year.The deadline to make the underground corridor operational has been moved from 2020 to 2021. MMRC officials say that the first phase will open in March 2021, and the second phase between the CSIA and Colaba will be operational from December 2021.Ashwini Bhide, managing director, MMRC, had last month said that, “Our earlier dates were 2020 but we lost about six months time due to the tree-cutting petition and the stay order.”In its August 2017 newsletter, the MMRC claimed that the recent HC stay order of not permitting metro work during the night has further slowed down the process.Bhide in the MMRC newsletter was quoted, saying, “The month began with yet another new challenge, in the form of High Court restrictions between 10:00 pm to 06:00 am on construction and ancillary activities by civil contractors in response to a writ petition. Though the restriction at present is for a period of two weeks, this order has obviously put constraints on the working times and slowed down the pace of construction work.”

BVSL: Chinese, S Korean bidders red-flagged

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After shortlisting Chinese and South Korean companies for construction of Bandra-Versova Sea Link (BVSL), MSRDC has raised a red flag on these bidders, stating that their eligibility is subject to security clearance from the Union Home Ministry considering that the construction site is crucial from the security point of view.In July, the Union Home Ministry had denied security clearance to a Chinese consortium for construction of Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) between Sewri and Nhava Sheva being executed by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).MSRDC, in a communication dated August 21, 2017, sent to the five shortlisted companies that include Chinese and South Korean consortium, that eligibility of the bidder shall be subject to the outcome of security clearance.A senior MSRDC official said, “We have submitted the names of the five bidders and have sought security clearance from the Centre a month ago and expect the clearance soon. Also, it was done after Chinese bidders shared with us the problems they faced when they were denied security clearance during construction of Bandra-Worli Sea Link.”A security clearance is required when the construction site is in the vicinity of crucial defence or security installations, and is granted by the Union Home Ministry that consults the Intelligence Bureau and the Ministry of External Affairs before granting it.In the past, Chinese companies or groups with Chinese connections have been barred from bidding for Indian port projects by the Union Cabinet Committee on security grounds because of the shifting political relationship between the two countries.The five shortlisted bidders include China Harbour Engineering Co. Ltd-Soma joint venture (JV), Hyundai-ITD Cementation JV, L&T-Daewoo JV, HCC-SKEC JV and Reliance-CGCD JV.The 9.5-km-long Bandra-Versova sea link will be constructed at a cost of Rs 5,500 crore, and to make the project financially viable, the project’s concession period would be for 28 years, which means that the sea link will be tollable for 28 years.

Metro 3: Residents take MMRC to court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Cuffe Parade resident has moved the Bombay High Court against the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) in connection with the construction of the Colaba-Bandra-Seepz Metro-3 underground corridor. He has alleged that barricades installed by the MMRC for construction have occupied maximum space on the access road leading to his society and the nearby societies making it difficult for the fire brigade to enter during an emergency.Residents from Colaba Woods Sports Complex Marg in Cuffe Parade have said that the MMRC is putting lives of residents in danger due to the Metro work barricades. The writ petition by Robin Jaisinghani prayed that directions be given to the MMRC to restore the road width of the Colaba Woods to at least 12 metres —minimum road width prescribed in Regulation 22 of the Development Control Regulations. According to the petitioner, the MMRC has barricaded the entire road. Now, vehicles heading further north towards Taj Vivanta President Hotel use the footpath.The petitioner has further said that when he approached the fire brigade, he was told that they can do very little because it is chief minister’s pet project.”The petitioner contacted Divisional Fire Officer Bangar and brought to his notice that the contractors were proposing to block the entire Complex Marg to carry out construction work and to take preventive action,” the petition reads. Meanwhile, the MMRC said, “Vehicular access necessary for the movement of fire vehicles is made available along the service road in front of Venus, Jupiter and Dalamal buildings and Hotel Taj Vivanta” said MMRC spokesperson.

Now, pay more toll on Mum-Delhi h’way

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If you are planning a trip to Gujarat, or further to Delhi, you will have to pay more toll for commuting using the National Highway (NH)-8 between Mumbai and Delhi.From September 1, toll charges between Dahisar and Surat, on the four toll plazas namely Charoti, Khaniwade, Bhagwada and Boriach, will be levied according to the revised slab. The toll has been increased by Rs 5 and Rs 10 for several categories of vehicles at select toll plazas.Shashi Bhushan, project director, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), told DNA, “The toll will be revised between Dahisar and Surat starting from September 1. The toll revision is part of the yearly increase and the same is revised every year. The concession period of the current contractor is up to February 2021.”In the case of Charoti toll plaza at Palghar district, the toll for light commercial vehicles will be Rs 105, from the earlier Rs 100. For trucks and buses, the toll will be Rs 210, from the earlier Rs 200. The toll for light motor vehicles remains the same at Rs 60.At Khaniwade toll plaza near Vasai, the revised toll for light commercial vehicles will be Rs 115, from the earlier Rs 110. For trucks and buses, the toll will be Rs 230 from the earlier Rs 220. The toll for light motor vehicles remains the same at Rs 65.At Boriach toll plaza near Navsari in Gujarat, the revised toll for light motor vehicles will be Rs 60, from the earlier Rs 55. For light commercial vehicles, it will be Rs 100, from the earlier Rs 95. For trucks and buses, the toll will be Rs 200 from the earlier Rs 195.At Bhagwada toll plaza near Vapi in Gujarat, the revised toll for light commercial vehicles will be Rs 115, from the earlier Rs 110. For trucks and buses, the toll will be Rs 230, from the earlier Rs 220. The toll for light motor vehicles remains the same at Rs 60.TOLL UPDATEThe tolls have been revised at four plazas on the stretch — Charoti, Khaniwade, Bhagwada and Boriach.
It has been increased by Rs 5 and Rs 10 for several categories of vehicles. The toll increase is part of an annual revision.

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