Client for the work is LTSE, a consortium of Larsen & Toubro and Scomi Engineering.
The section is one of eight lines proposed for the city of Mumbai and once complete, the INR24.6bn (£277m) scheme will be the world’s second longest monorail after Japan’s Osaka system.
LTSE is implementing the project on behalf of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority on a lump sum turnkey basis. The project, which will connect to existing railways and the metro system currently under construction, forms part of the multimodal transport scheme aimed at easing congestion in the region.
The fully elevated corridor between Jacob Circle and Chembur stretches 19.68km. Split into two sections, phase one is currently under construction and consists of seven stations from Wadala Depot to Chembur (8.92km). This is due to be completed in December. Phase two will comprise 11 stations and will connect Jacob Circle to Wadala Depot (10.76km).
Mott MacDonald will review testing and commissioning plans, including proof checking, certification of tests and documentation of plans. In addition, emergency services simulation will be undertaken to review procedures and equipment.
“The design makes it possible to execute the project on a fast-track basis as it requires a small footprint with minimal demolition of structures. This project will help achieve greater reliability, high manoeuvrability, lower cost and an eco-friendly transit which is easily acceptable in a dense residential area such as Mumbai,” said Dick Dumolo, Mott MacDonald technical director.