Tenders scrapped, airport Metro deadline pushed back

Tenders scrapped, airport Metro deadline pushed back

The New Garia-Aiport Metro, a truncated service of which was supposed to be commissioned mid-2020, received a setback with the tenders called to lay the tracks being scrapped. The New Garia-Ruby stretch, which was to be flagged off the first on the corridor, said officials, would not be operative till 2020-end or the beginning of 2021.

TOI on August 24 reported that at a high-level meeting at Metro Rail Bhavan, a policy was adopted to uniformly lay the tracks for the entire 32km Metro corridor and not in phases, as envisaged by Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), the agency tasked with implementing the city’s Metro projects.

Aiming at the earliest commissioning of the truncated services, RVNL on June 22 invited bids for the construction of tracks along the viaduct between the upcoming New Garia station and the Ruby crossing to facilitate operations on the 5km stretch by June 2020.

But after the August 24 meeting, RVNL has not only cancelled the tenders for ballastless track-laying but has also appointed a consultant to find out how to adhere to the latest policy on laying tracks at one go. Read More

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