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336 CCTVs for a safer monorail ride

Saurabh Katkurwar, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, March 15, 2013
First Published: 02:06 IST(15/3/2013) | Last Updated: 02:07 IST(15/3/2013)

To make your journey on the monorail safer, the MMRDA has decided to install eight CCTV cameras in each rake for the Chembur to Jacob Circle project.

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There will be two cameras in each of the four coaches of every rake.

These will be part of the 336 CCTV cameras that the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) will set up in various parts of the project, including stations and depots.

“We think eight CCTV cameras in each rake will ensure that monitoring work is carried out effectively. The cameras will be installed by the contractors for the monorail project,” said Ashwini Bhide, additional commissioner, MMRDA.

The contractors — L&T and Scomi Engineering — will start installing them in the next few months with construction on the Chembur to Wadala phase of the project expected be to completed by June. It will be open for public use in September.         

MMRDA commissioner UPS Madan said “We will start carrying out final trial runs on the route after construction is completed. In addition, we need safety certificate to ensure it can be opened to the public. We expect this to be done by September.”    

Construction work on the Rs3,000-cr monorail project started in February 2009 and the Chembur to Wadala phase was scheduled to be completed by February 2011. However, the work has been delayed for years allegedly because of various pending approvals and land acquisition issues.

Contractors are liable to pay a fine for the delay. However, the MMRDA says it will have to check the actual reason behind the delay before imposing a penalty on them. “After completing the project, we will take stock of the situation and take necessary action,” said Madan.

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