After more than a year of rigorous trial runs, the city’s first monorail, which will run from Chembur to Wadala, is now in its final leg of getting a safety certificate.
The highest authority in the three-tier safety check process that was designed for the monorail started inspection of the monorail corridor on Monday. R C Garg, a former chief commissioner of railway safety, will take three days to complete the scrutiny, after which he will submit a report to the city’s development authority.
Ashwini Bhide, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner at the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), said, “We will have to comply with the issues he raises before we get the certification.”
MMRDA officials say if everything goes smoothly, the line should be ready for commissioning by the end of this month.
The development authority had planned a three-phase safety certification process for the 8.8-km monorail, which would be the first segment of the Chembur-Wadala-Jacob Circle corridor. The contractor, a consortium of Larsen & Toubro and Malaysia’s Scomi Engineering, had appointed an independent auditor to conduct the first leg of safety checks.
Similarly, the MMRDA had also appointed an independent safety auditor — Singapore’s SMRT Corp — for a safety audit of the monorail line, while the final review was to be done by a former chief commissioner of railway safety.
Garg will not only review reports submitted by SMRT and the contractor’s independent auditor, but will also visit the stations, the car depot and alignment of the corridor.
“He will inspect critical aspects such as the traction, switch beams, preparedness of the staff for operation and maintenance and the customer interface in terms of the ticketing system,” Bhide said, adding Garg was in charge of the safety certification of the first Delhi Metro line.
The MMRDA started the construction of the monorail in 2009. The corridor was scheduled to be completed in 2011.