Urban Railways

MMRDA to miss Year End Deadlines for Metro 7 & 2A as Delivery of Rakes gets Delayed

The Delivery of Rakes by Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) for the Metro Line 7 (Dahisar East to Andheri East) and 2A (Dahisar west to DN Nagar) is delayed by four to five months, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) Commissioner R A Rajeev said yesterday.

Due to this, the commercial operation of Metro line 7 and 2A, which was to start by this year end, will also get delayed by same period.

The Metropolitan Commissioner further explained, “BEML (Bharat Earth Movers Limited) is providing the metro coaches for line 7 and 2A. In August 2020, the first metro coach was expected to be delivered as per the contractual timelines. However, it will arrive only by December now. Similarly, the additional 10 metro coaches will arrive in June 2021 instead of December 2020. We are anticipating a delay of four to five months as workflow in both civil construction work and system supply has slowed down due to lockdown.”

He further stated that due to the shortage of labourers, as several of them left the city, various infrastructure construction is being carried on with only 30 per cent of manpower.