Aiming to start the construction of the next Metro rail line soon after this year’s monsoon, the city’s development authority Monday finalised three contractors.
These contractors will take up the construction of the 16.5-kilometre elevated Metro rail line between Andheri East and Dahisar East in three packages.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA)’s executive committee, headed by chief secretary Swadheen Kshatriya, cleared the appointment of Simplex Infrastructure Ltd, JKumar Infraprojects Ltd and NCC Ltd to construct the Andheri East-Dahisar East Metro.
The project would be implemented on a cash contract basis.
“The three winning bidders will design and construct the entire corridor and all the 16 stations within 30 months,” an MMRDA spokesperson said.
The Maharashtra government has set an ambitious deadline of 2019 to not only complete the project, but also to make it operational for the public as part of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s plan of rolling out a 100-km plus Metro network in Mumbai within five years.
The Metro line, expected to cost Rs 6,208 crore, including taxes and the cost of acquiring land, will connect locations such as Borivli, Kandivli East, Goregaon’s Aarey junction, Bombay Exhibition Centre, and the Jogeshwari Vikhroli Link Road (JVLR) junction.
Simplex Infrastructure will be in charge of the first package of Metro line, comprising five elevated stations — Andheri East, Shankarwadi,
JVLR junction, Mahanand and new Ashok Nagar — other than the viaduct.
Jkumar Infraprojects is to work on the second package, building six elevated Metro stations of Aarey, Dindoshi, Pathan Wadi, Pushpa Park, Bandongri and Mahindra & Mahindra.
The third contractor, NCC, will take up the final package, comprising a viaduct and five elevated stations — Magathane, Devipada, National Park, Ovaripada and Dahisar East.
Contracts for the Dahisar-DN Nagar Metro line, for which the MMRDA has appointed the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation as the nodal agency, are also likely to be finalised in a week.