With all major hurdles being cleared, the second phase of the monorail can be ready by September. This, in effect, means you can travel on the 20-km Chembur to Jacob Circle monorail route that will connect four suburban railway stations in the next six months.
Earlier, the MMRDA officials were apprehensive about the completion of the second phase this year owing to issues related to delay in procurement of track-changing switches and construction of bridges over rail lines.
Sanjay Khandare, additional commissioner, MMRDA, said, “Civil works are in the last leg. We just need to complete the signalling and communication works, which will be followed by trial runs. The second phase will be operational in September.”
Although the construction of civil corridor and stations was on track, there was a delay in construction of bridges over the harbour and central railway lines owing to issues related to their designs.
Now, the MMRDA has procured two of the required four switches, while the remaining two are being built in Malaysia, which are expected to reach Mumbai by month-end.
Earlier, these switches were unavailable as the two were stuck at the Customs office, while manufacturing of the other two was stopped mid-way by the contractor owing to lack of funds. In the absence of these switches, the MMRDA cannot carry out signalling and electrification works.
A consortium of L&T and Scomi Engineering is developing the 2,800-crore monorail project.