Two Metro Rail projects resume work
MMRC and Chennai Metro Rail have gone back to construction
The Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) has resumed work on the Pune Metro Rail project after green signal from the government of Maharashtra and the civic body, easing of restrictions imposed during the lockdown.
With work stalled for more than a month, the Pune Metro project has missed the target set to start the first five km stretch by April 2020. MMRC has been able to start work immediately as it had made arrangement for around 2,000 labourers working on the project to stay in labour camps across the Metro network project sites.
Work on structures on the river as well as two railway stations coming up on the riverfront has resumed. MMRC has also decided to make vendor payments for the works that have already been completed, and it does not foresee any cash flow issues.
Work on the Pune Metro comprising two lines of 32 km started in December 2016 and was to end in 2022. Commissioning of work on 10 km of Line 1 and Line 2 was to be done in H1/2020.
Pune Metro had reached the stage of trial run of coaches within a short span of 30 months and was to start technical trail runs and go for regulatory clearances and certification required for starting train operations.
Pune Metro comprises line one of 16.589 km from PCMC to Swargate with five underground stations and nine elevated stations. Line 2 is 14.665 km from Vanaaz to Ramwadi with 16 stations. The Pune Metro project is funded through bilateral loan from the European Investment Bank to the tune of EUR 600 million and EUR 245 million from the African Development Bank (AfDB).
Similarly, Chennai Metro Rail (CMRL) has resumed preparatory work at Chennai Central and Wimco Nagar in North Chennai for Phase-I extension project, after a gap of around 1.5 month due to COVID-19 lockdown.
The basic cleaning and other preparatory work began on 4 May 2020 in the Central Square and the Wimco Nagar depot.
The actual construction work has commenced from 6 May 2020. The authorities gradually expand the work to other sites in Phase-I extension project such as building of stations and other related work.
CMRL will have only around 25-30% of workforce on the construction site now, till the situation improves.
There will be a special safety team that will monitor the movement of workers inside the site to ensure that they continue to wear masks throughout the day and maintain social distancing.
It also plans to have mobile hand-washing facilities at various points on the sites. The workers will be permitted into the sites only after temperature checks.
Chennai Metro Rail had planned to start train services in Phase-I extension project that covers nine km of north Chennai in June 2020. However, it will now be delayed.