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Old June 19th, 2017, 05:37 PM   #15301
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Mumbai metro 3: Car depot land at risk of flooding, will be elevated
Since the 30-hectare land on which the depot will be constructed is uneven, the contractors will first have to level it by filling in the low points and flattening the higher areas. (File) Since the 30-hectare land on which the depot will be constructed is uneven, the contractors will first have to level it by filling in the low points and flattening the higher areas. (File) The land allocated for the car depot of Metro 3 at Aarey Milk Colony will have to be elevated to a significant height to prevent it from getting flooded due to its proximity to the Mithi river. “The car depot will have to be 1 metre above the highest flood level of the Mithi river.

This is done in all railway projects as well to avoid flooding. For this, the land will be elevated to the required height and then it will be covered by ballast,” said SK Gupta, Director (Projects), Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC). “The car depot will have to be 1 metre above the highest flood level of the Mithi river. This is done in all railway projects as well to avoid flooding.
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Old June 19th, 2017, 06:57 PM   #15302
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FIGHT OVER 5,000 SQ M AT AZAD MAIDAN - AFTER TREES, METRO-3 CUTS SPACE FOR SPORTS

State sports department writes to Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation, saying it has encroached upon 5,000 square metres of land meant for sporting activities

Already under attack from environmentalists over the cutting of trees, the Metro authorities are now facing flak from another source.The state sports department, which controls Azad Maidan, has accused the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) of encroaching upon at least 5,000 sq metres of land at the ground.

MMRC, which is constructing the 33-km long Colaba-Bandra-Seepz underground metro, has taken up a significant part of Azad Maidan for the project.

The state sports department has written to the MMRC saying that the state has already given 718 sq metres of land in Azad Maidan permanently to the MMRC. Another 30,776 sq metres has been given temporarily until the work is completed. The possession of this plot was given on June 18, 2016.

N B Mote, the deputy director of sports, who wrote to the MMRC, has said that they have encroached on the space behind the Sulabh Sauchalaya on Mahapalika Road and also on the space next to Mumbai School Sports Association. The letter, which is in possession of Mumbai Mirror, says that despite warnings, the contractor Hindustan Construction Company (HCC) had not removed the encroachment. When contacted, the HCC spokesperson did not comment on this issue.

Mote said that they wanted to use the space to set up facilities for volleyball, kabaddi, mallkhamb and adventure sports. He has also demanded a penalty of Rs 200 per sq yard for this violation. He has warned that if the plot is not vacated, then he would send a proposal to the state government for action.

The sports department's main issue is that most of the maidan has been taken over by the MMRC. Apart from the significant area taken over for Metro work, the Mumbai police is in the process of getting another 10,000 sq metres for those bringing morchas to the city. A major part is taken by the Bombay Gymkhana, where people are still stopped from entering even though the BMC has called it a public space. Sports enthusiasts now have no option but to go to the overcrowded Oval Maidan.

Regarding the alleged encroachment, an MMRC spokesperson said, "The letter referred is dated 27 April, 2017, and has been discussed and settled with the officials concerned.The matter referred to is about 600 sq m area in Azad Maidan (CST Metro Station). This land is yet to be handed over by the Sports department of State Govt.

As this area has become an undesirable meeting place for unsocial elements, after due consultation with Mumbai School Sports Association, the MMRC barricaded it to prevent and protect the football ground from unauthorised entry as well as from unsocial elements. The area is open for authorised activities and authorised persons' use even today.

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Old June 20th, 2017, 01:04 AM   #15303
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Build Metro 2 underground: Residents
Citing space constraint as an issue, the residents submitted a signed petition demanding that the Chief Minister consider taking the Dahisar-Bandra-Mankhurd Metro line underground.

Mumbai Metro, SV Road, Underground metro, Residents want underground metro, Mumbai news Citing space constraint as an issue, the residents submitted a signed petition demanding that the Chief Minister consider taking the Dahisar-Bandra-Mankhurd Metro line underground. (Representational Picture)
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IN A meeting with officials of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) Monday, residents of SV Road suggested that the Metro 2 be constructed underground.
Citing space constraint as an issue, the residents submitted a signed petition demanding that the Chief Minister consider taking the Dahisar-Bandra-Mankhurd Metro line underground.
At the meet attended by Ashish Shelar, the BJP MLA of the area, two proposals were put forward before the officials. While both stressed on the need for the metro to go underground, one even suggested the integration of the underground Metro 3 with the Metro 2.
“The Metro 2 can be integrated with the Metro 3 at Santacruz with a 5.5-km connector. With this, people can travel all the way from Cuffe Parade to Dahisar. This will not only help increase the ridership of the Metro 3, but also save the construction of a separate car depot at Aarey,” said Nitin Killawala, an architect.
Zafar Zaveri, another resident, said, “The roads in the area are not wide enough to accommodate a metro. As a result, at every 1 km, stretches under the stations will become traffic bottlenecks. Also, a diminished road width is counter-productive to the purpose of the metro.”
“Considering the space constraints of SV Road, if the metro is constructed in front of our house, it will block our access to ventilation and sunlight. These are basic necessities and we cannot be denied that. The metro stations will be barely four metres from our houses,” said Jamelia Dadarwala, a Khar resident.
Shelar urged the MMRDA to consider the residents’ demands. “If these suggestions are workable, the MMRDA need not be adamant. But at the same time, people also need to understand that not all their suggestions can be adopted.” The 43-km metro corridor is set to cost Rs 10,986 crore

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Old June 20th, 2017, 03:41 AM   #15304
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Citing space constraint as an issue, the residents submitted a signed petition demanding that the Chief Minister consider taking the Dahisar-Bandra-Mankhurd Metro line underground.

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Why now??? Of course, as if the babus r gonna listen to them anyways!!! ������

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“The Metro 2 can be integrated with the Metro 3 at Santacruz with a 5.5-km connector.
Isn't it already connected via an interchange at Bandra???

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Old June 20th, 2017, 04:35 AM   #15305
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IN A meeting with officials of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) Monday, residents of SV Road suggested that the Metro 2 be constructed underground.
Citing space constraint as an issue, the residents submitted a signed petition demanding that the Chief Minister consider taking the Dahisar-Bandra-Mankhurd Metro line underground.
At the meet attended by Ashish Shelar, the BJP MLA of the area, two proposals were put forward before the officials. While both stressed on the need for the metro to go underground, one even suggested the integration of the underground Metro 3 with the Metro 2.
“The Metro 2 can be integrated with the Metro 3 at Santacruz with a 5.5-km connector. With this, people can travel all the way from Cuffe Parade to Dahisar. This will not only help increase the ridership of the Metro 3, but also save the construction of a separate car depot at Aarey,” said Nitin Killawala, an architect.
Zafar Zaveri, another resident, said, “The roads in the area are not wide enough to accommodate a metro. As a result, at every 1 km, stretches under the stations will become traffic bottlenecks. Also, a diminished road width is counter-productive to the purpose of the metro.”
“Considering the space constraints of SV Road, if the metro is constructed in front of our house, it will block our access to ventilation and sunlight. These are basic necessities and we cannot be denied that. The metro stations will be barely four metres from our houses,” said Jamelia Dadarwala, a Khar resident.
Shelar urged the MMRDA to consider the residents’ demands. “If these suggestions are workable, the MMRDA need not be adamant. But at the same time, people also need to understand that not all their suggestions can be adopted.” The 43-km metro corridor is set to cost Rs 10,986 crore

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I know it's late but I really do hope they at least consider this. It's not possible to amend to 2a obviously but 2b can still be amended. The problem is tenders just went up this week. But anyways, As soon as the lines approaches Juhu (the aerodrome area) it can go underground, throughout Bandra, Kurla and it can come out again just as it goes through Chembur. Although this increases costs and construction time, all in all it's a better solution to the reasons a metro corridor is needed in the first place. (Forgive the vagueness of this proposal, but it makes more sense when you look at the map)

Unfortunately, I doubt MMRDA would go ahead with this proposal. It will take time to re - evaluate all the specifics. In my opinion, if it's a matter of time over better quality metro, I'd go with the latter.

https://mmrda.maharashtra.gov.in/doc...=1490266414362 < link to the map
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Many times feasibility study has been done for underground section at Juhu Bandra belt for line 2b. This is going on from 2007 I think. But finally mmrda decided to go for elevated line only.
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The problem is tenders just went up this week.
Tender bids were floated earlier this year, and they opened them last month, if I m not mistaken. This or next week is when they close on bid scrutiny, and take a final decision.

So its not late...its too late!!!

And anyways, MMRDA has had multiple RFPCs and public meetings before the current alignment was finalized. It was widely advertised in all media. I wonder where these Rip van Winkles were hiding then???!!!

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I on the other hand would bat for the former. Better to get this thing running asap, since one broken link (due to delays) will adversely impact other lines...such is the nature of transport...
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Old June 20th, 2017, 01:24 PM   #15308
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First of all an underground metro requires more time to construct compared to elevated.Then in order to reduce this time it has to be divided into as many small pakages so that each contractor can use his own TBM for execution. This requires individual large tracks of open spaces for launching TBM's.Also the stations will be constructed by cut and cover method which again will require cordoning off of particular stretches of roads and land acquisition wherever required.As metro 3 has so many open spaces in the form of british era grounds,parks and gardens they could afford that much space.Same is not the case with suburbs.Even in case of metro 3 in congested areas like girgaum there were many issues of land acquisition which delayed the whole process of planning.Same will happen in bandra to andheri area where many influential people live and they won't allow even a inch of land without a morcha.Also the issue of tree cutting will be back.While on other hand elevated metro doesn't require even a single tree to be uprooted if planned well as it passes through median of road and there is no extra space also required on sides other than entry/exit ramps and lifts.During construction the flow of traffic will be hampered but the overall project will move faster.
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Also the stations will be constructed by cut and cover method which again will require cordoning off of particular stretches of roads and land acquisition wherever required.
Actually the entire stretch can be done using NATM (no need for C&C at all), but for the costs, which will be prohibitive. But even before cost becomes a consideration, seismic effects of drilling underneath dilapidated buildings whose foundations are suspect at best is going to be an issue.

Just curious though: Didn't the Juhu Aerodrome guys raise any concerns. I understand that since there aren't any fixed winged aircraft flying out of there (only rotors), there will be no flightpath obstruction issues, but I am surprised some babu didn't make a song and dance, just for the show!!!
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Old June 20th, 2017, 04:00 PM   #15310
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Mumbai’s Metro projects get a boost, two financial institutions agree to fund ₹13,660 crore

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In a major boost to the Mumbai metro projects in the city, two multilateral financial institutions have agreed to fund Rs13,660 crore for four metro projects. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA)—the nodal agency for the metro projects—will soon ink the loan agreements.

With this development, the work on the crucial metro lines will gather pace. The MMRDA has already started the civil construction of Metro 2A and Metro 7, and it has floated bids for the start of the work on Metro 2B and Metro 4 corridors. “We have started work with the funds that we have. The loan amount is required for rolling stock, signaling equipment, etc,” an MMRDA official said.

Read: Work on Mumbai Metro-3 to start by end of June, depot design revised to ‘minimise tree-cutting’

Senior MMRDA officials said that Dahisar-DN Nagar (Metro 2A) corridor, DN Nagar-Mankhurd (Metro 2B) corridor, and Dahisar East-Andheri East (Metro 7) corridor will be partially funded by Asian Development Bank. While Wadala-Ghatkopar-Thane (Metro 4) corridor will be partially funded by Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

The MMRDA faced a big hurdle in finalising the loans for Metro projects after the state government had declined to stand guarantor for the loans. After the initial hiccups, the state government agreed to route the loans. The loan will be given to the Centre, who will transfer it to the state and from the state, it will be passed on to MMRDA.

Read: Mumbai metro return journeys: Fares revised without notice, say commuters

“We have finalised the loans for the four metro lines. The loan amounts for Metro 2A and Metro 2B are Rs2,803 crore and Rs4,695 crore respectively. While the loan amounts for Metro 7 and Metro 4 are Rs2,246 crore and Rs3,916. The loans will be given at nominal interest rates, like any other multilateral institutions,” said Pravin Darade, additional metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA.

Darade added that work on Metro 2B and Metro 4 will start by November.
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If Jamelia Dadarwala, Zafar Zaveri, Nitin Killawala cannot get sunlight & because of that they want metro to be underground . then i think they should light a mombatti & think that as sunlight. lets remind this pervert idiots that metro is not for their personal use & its for the general population. & MMRDA has already finalised the routes so better these residents buzz off.
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...Jamelia Dadarwala, Zafar Zaveri, Nitin Killawala...
Are these even real people or just a figment of the journalist's imagination, who cooked up these names and characters simply because he/she needed to write something!!!
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The MMRDA faced a big hurdle in finalising the loans for Metro projects after the state government had declined to stand guarantor for the loans. After the initial hiccups, the state government agreed to route the loans.
I still fail to understand why MahaGov does not allow its subsidiary agencies to raise money directly from the market, esp. the bond market, now that this route has the blessings of both the Centre and the RBI. FYI, Kochi Metro raised funds that way.

Would be interesting to see who these multilateral agencies are.

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The loan will be given to the Centre, who will transfer it to the state and from the state, it will be passed on to MMRDA.
How else would the babus and politicians take their cut!!!
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Tunnel boring for Metro-III route to start by Oct, machines to arrive from China in July

The first Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM) to be used for the Metro-III corridor will reach Mumbai in July, from Guangzhou in China.Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) has set a deadline of September 2019 to complete the tunnelling work.
The TBM will be procured from German major Herrenknecht AG, from its manufacturing facility in China. The machine will deployed for construction of the 6.08-km twin tunnels from Siddhivinayak to Dharavi through TBM launch shafts located at Naya Nagar in Mahim.

MMRC's director (projects) S K Gupta said, “The machine is expected to arrive by ship in July . Overall tunnelling work is on schedule and is expected to begin from October 2017.“

The machines will initially have to be assembled after they reach the city, which is a time-consuming process.

The contractors on the seven civil packages of the entire Bandra-Colaba-Seepz alignment of Metro-III plan to deploy a total of 17 TBMs from leading manufacturers such as Robbins, Terratec, Herrenknecht and STEC. Of the 17 TBMs to be used, 10 will be new while seven machines will be refurbished.

A shaft 25m deep into the ground is being built at Naya Nagar. Gupta said, “So far 10m depth has already been achieved.“ Tunnelling work, the first for a Metro project in the city, will be completed in two phases. The deadline for Phase-I is April 2019 while for PhaseII it is September 2019.

Work on the project had earlier been held up due to the stay order on cutting of trees. An MMRC official said, “Now that the stay order has been lifted, we have cut the trees which were coming in the way of constructing shaft to build the tunnel. So far 10% of the work has been completed but by next year the we will able to further increase the pace.“

MMRC said it hopes to run the first train on the underground corridor by 2020 between Seepz and Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC). The remainder of the corridor will be opened within a year after that.

“We are not going to wait for the entire construction work of the tunnel to be completed for carrying out other work. Laying of tracks, over head equipment, signalling, etc will also proceed depending on the space created in the tunnel,“ the official said.

The contractor's engineers are already in Guangzhou to conduct factory acceptance tests on the machines. Dr.John Celentano, TBM expert of General Consultant and MMRC officials are soon expected to reach Guangzhou to conduct a final scrutiny . Subject to the machines passing the tests, approval for their shipment to India will be granted.



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Eagerly awaiting pics of the monster as it lands at JNPT and trudges along the Sion Panvel Expressway...

Are these TBMs bought outright by MMRCL/MahaGov, or are they wet leased from the OEM or some other leasing agency??? I hope all import duties are waived by GoI, this being a capital good.

Whatever happened to the TBMs used in Delhi...
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MUMBAI: Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) has received good response from top firms from Europe, China and Japan for the pre-qualifcation bids invited to procure 31 trains of 8-car for the Metro III underground corridor (Colaba-Bandra-Seepz).
Among the firms in the fray are Alstom Transport India Ltd India & Alstom Transport S.A France (Consortium), CAF S.A, Spain, CRRC Nanjing, CRRC Changchun & CRRC International Corporation Ltd China (Consortium), Hitachi Ltd, Japan, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Japan& BHEL ((Consortium) India and Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan
MMRC will expeditiously complete the PQ evaluation process followed by inviting tenders (RFP) from short-listed firms, after JICA concurrence. MMRC's Director (Projects) S K Gupta said, "To cater to heavy passenger loads, the state-of-the-art rolling stock will be procured, which will also be equipped with the features of driver-less train operations". The contract will include design, manufacture, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of Metro Trains/Rolling Stock.
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MUMBAI: Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) has received good response from top firms from Europe, China and Japan for the pre-qualifcation bids invited to procure 31 trains of 8-car for the Metro III underground corridor (Colaba-Bandra-Seepz).
Among the firms in the fray are Alstom Transport India Ltd India & Alstom Transport S.A France (Consortium), CAF S.A, Spain, CRRC Nanjing, CRRC Changchun & CRRC International Corporation Ltd China (Consortium), Hitachi Ltd, Japan, Kawasaki Heavy Industries Japan& BHEL ((Consortium) India and Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan
MMRC will expeditiously complete the PQ evaluation process followed by inviting tenders (RFP) from short-listed firms, after JICA concurrence. MMRC's Director (Projects) S K Gupta said, "To cater to heavy passenger loads, the state-of-the-art rolling stock will be procured, which will also be equipped with the features of driver-less train operations". The contract will include design, manufacture, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of Metro Trains/Rolling Stock.

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Mumbai: The staff working in the J.N. Petit institute, situated on D.N. Road in Mumbai, are unhappy with the ongoing Mumbai Metro Line 3 project work. They are miffed that the Hutatma Chowk station that is likely come up in future on the Metro 3 line has made their workplace a nightmare.

The workers feel their heart misses a beat every time the digging work sends vibration through the floor of this library constructed during the British era. Most of the staff members are senior citizens and more sensitive of their workplace.

“We are scared the Metro work will damage the foundation of the heritage building. We also wonder why is there a need for Hutatma Chowk Metro station when there already are Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) and Churchgate stations at walking distance.”

In fact, the Metro 3 has taken a small portion of the garden area of the J.N. Petit library which will have entry and exit point. J.N. Petit library is a 119-year-old heritage structure. The staff member further remarked that the lane which is also called as Heritage Mile should be preserved.

In an email communication by Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) said, “We are communicating with the Petit Library trust and Heritage Mile Association, they have received all the approvals from the municipal commissioner for the Metro alignment work and stations in the month of November 2014.”

On the contrary Umesh Nagarkar, Head of the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (BMC) remarked they had sent a proposal to MMRCL to change the Metro 3 alignment which is passing through DN. Road. “Instead of D.N road, we insisted to change the alignment and take the backside road of J.N. Petit library building. But they replied that they already went through the tender process and now it is difficult to change.”

While as per the media release of Heritage Mile Association (HMA), “We consulted various structural engineers who confirmed structural damage to the heritage buildings could be caused if cut and cover method for construction of Hutatma Chowk is adopted as the buildings stand on a sandy layer at a shallow depth.”
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Truly, what were these Rip van Winkles doing during the public consultation phase??? There should b a law prohibiting bureaucrats/officers from entertaining any future ideas/gyaanbaazi/opinions after a prescribed period. Infact even PILs should b barred after a certain period...
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