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MMRDA fast-tracks 2 Metro corridors, trans-harbour link

mumbai Updated: Nov 25, 2016 23:56 IST
Swapnil Rawal
Swadheen Kshatriya

The MMRDA’s executive committee, headed by chief secretary Swadheen Kshatriya, gave its administrative approval for the consultants to be appointed.(HT File Photo)

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) appointed a consortium of Aecom Asia Co. Ltd, Dar Al-Handasah and T Y Lin International as the general consultants for the 22-km long Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) on Friday .

The MMRDA’s executive committee, headed by chief secretary Swadheen Kshatriya, gave its administrative approval for the consultants to be appointed.

The consultants will help the MMRDA secure various clearances from government and semi-government agencies, examine the concept design and monitor construction of big-ticket infrastructure project.

“The general consultants will engage in various activities to help the MMRDA, such as organising pre-bid meetings, examining bid documents and ensuring quality of the work, among other things,” said UPS Madan, metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA.

US-based Aecom — a multinational engineering firm — specialises in designs, consulting, construction solutions, and has been involved with several infrastructure projects in the US. San Francisco-based T Y Lin International specialises in the design of long-span bridges and specialty structures.

The executive committee also approved a provision of Rs340 crore to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for the implementation of the two Metro rail corridors in the city.

MMRDA officials said the provision was approved for the commissioning of rolling stock, signalling and telecommunication work for the Dahisar to DN Nagar (Metro-2A) and Dahisar East to Andheri East (Metro-7) corridors.

“Provision of funds to the DMRC will fast-track the Metro-2A and Metro-7 corridors. Mumbaiites are currently facing some inconvenience, but I assure them that this will soon be a thing of the past. We are committed to completing the Metro projects as early as possible,” said Pravin Darade, additional metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA.

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