With monsoon coming to an end, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is looking to increase the pace of the construction of Metro 7 and 2A and has directed contractors to hire more labourers to speed up the work. “By November end, 200 more labourers will be added to the workforce in each package. It will help increase the pace of work,” said Pravin Darade, the Additional Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA.
While the Dahisar-D N Nagar Metro 2A is being implemented in two packages by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), the Dahisar East- Andheri East Metro 7 has been divided into three packages and is being constructed by three contractors – J Kumar Infrastructure, NCC Infrastructure and Simplex Infrastructure. Now, around 600 labourers are working in each package for the construction of the two metro corridors, apart from that 200 more are working at different casting yards across the city. By the end of November the MMRDA intends to increase the number to at least 800.
“Our pace of work had slowed down during the monsoon. Now that the dry season is here, we have to make up for the lost time. So to increase the pace, we will be getting more labourers. Currently, we have around 2,000 labourers, but by the end of next month, we will have at least 400 to 800 more workers along our alignment,” said a senior engineer working on Metro 7.
The MMRDA proposes to begin operations for both the lines — the 18.5-km Metro 2A and 16.5-km Metro 7 — by 2020.