EVEN as the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) races against time to complete Phase II of the monorail project by the December deadline set by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Mumbai Monorail Director Vishnu Kumar, who resigned from his post in the first week of October, has not been replaced as yet. Currently, Director (Technical) SP Khade holds additional charge of director.
Kumar, the first director of the monorail project, had been holding the post since its inception in 2008. After several delays, Phase I from Chembur to Wadala was completed under his leadership in February 2014. After retiring from the Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) as its head in 2007, he had joined the monorail project on an annual contract basis. His contract with MMRDA would end in December 2017.
“After serving the project for a decade, Kumar resigned last month. We are in the process of hiring the new director,” confirmed Dilip Kawathkar, MMRDA spokesperson.
Sources close to Kumar say his resignation was the result of differences between him and the MMRDA over financial matters relating to the contractors, the consortium of L&T and Scomi Engineering.