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Project: Metro Express - Mass Urban Transit System

Estimated Completion Year (Phase 1): 2021
Estimated Cost: USD 600 Million
Total Length: 26 Km
Number of stations: 19
Number of transit centers: 4
Project Consultancy: Singapore Cooperation Enterprise (SCE)

Project contractor: Larsen & Toubro (India)



Overview of the project:

 

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The foundation stone for the project was laid on the 11th of March this year by the Prime Minister of Mauritius; Honorable Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, in the presence of his cabinet ministers and the High Commissioner of India to Mauritius, Sri Abhay Thakur. Part of the funding for the project comes from India through a $300 million grant.


 

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What is the difference between Metro Express and Tramway ?
 

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What is the difference between Metro Express and Tramway ?
The Metro Express is simply a name given to the project...the real thing itself will be a combination of a fast tram with some modifications and adaptations with respect to the terrain and location.
 

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The metro line will start in the town of Curepipe, in the center of the island, travel through 19 stations (including 4 major transit centers) to finally reach Port Louis, the capital city. Commuting time will be around 40 mins.


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Prep work has begun on some sites, like here at Le Caudan, where the metro line will pass through and where the stations will be built.

Some buildings and structures will be demolished. Prep work will take at least 3 months, according to the Road Development Authority, the government body in charge of the work.

Metro Express : Preliminary work has begun. [VIDEO]

Preliminary work on the Metro Express project began in Port Louis this morning. This work by the Road Development Authority will involve various sites on the metro line from Curepipe to Port Louis. In Caudan, the RDA will have to demolish 3 buildings, and this work should last at least 3 months. They aim to facilitate the task of the Indian firm Afcons and that of another Indian firm that will be retained for the establishment of the metro system

http://mbc.intnet.mu/article/metro-express-les-travaux-pr%C3%A9liminaires-ont-d%C3%A9but%C3%A9video
 

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The Metro Express system will comprise of 30 trams operating at 3 minutes interval

METRO EXPRESS: 30 WAGONS AT THREE MINUTES INTERVAL


(Pictured above is the Delhi Metro in India which will serve as model for the Metro Express network in Mauritius)

One week from the laying ceremony of the foundation stone of the Metro Express, we know a little more about the technical details around the operation of this new type of transport which aims to smooth traffic on our road network.

The Metro Express is being revealed little by little. Several technical aspects of this project have already been finalized. This is what we learn from sources who participated in the supervision of the Metro Express. One of the highlights is the number of trains that will be put on the road. It was decided that 30 trains will be on track to ensure the daily journey between Curepipe and Port Louis.

"A fleet of 30 trains will give us a good margin of maneuver to reach our main objective of ensuring that there is a maximum of three minutes between each departure between the station of Port Louis and that of Curepipe, "A source told the government hotel.

Another highlight of the project is the acquisition by the state of a land of a little more than ten arpents in the area of ​​Richelieu, in the vicinity of the prison. This site will accommodate the depot of the trains as well as a control building to supervise the distance of the trains from a distance.

"This building will also house the trains and it is in this same building that the maintenance work will be carried out," a source at the Ministry of Public Infrastructure told us. The employees who will be called upon to handle the equipment of this depot will have to undergo training. "This is a new experience for the country because we have no one who knows how to handle trains. We will have to go through an assiduous training, "explains our interlocutor.

The first picks will be given on March 10 at the old train depot located next to the Caudan Waterfront. An official ceremony will be held to commemorate this launch, which will host Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth as a guest of honor. It is only after the exercise of contract allocation that we will see the opening of large construction sites between Port Louis and Curepipe. However, the government will begin preliminary work to clear the ground.

The decision to demolish three buildings not far from the old train depot has already been taken. The process for the exercise of contract allocation is phased out between two Indian companies: Afcons and Larsen and Toubro. Both companies have many years of experience in the transportation sector.
[Translated from French]

http://defimedia.info/metro-express-30-wagons-trois-minutes-dintervalle
 

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various schemes for route you can see across the web. NONE is official.






has there even been a release for an actual official route ? I don't believe so even if the first stone ceremony occurred in March 12th for Independence day.

And it is no surprise since a vast number of eviction notices haven't been executed yet.

Does anyone even know if the route up will go by Pailles or by Richelieu sector ? The press seems to be talking about eviction notices in both sectors ! ( La butte in this one https://www.lexpress.mu/article/303920/sursis-pour-deracines-metro-express )
 

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There has been no final 'official' release of course but this is the only one we got now.

And, I don't think there will be any modification of the route at this stage. In the eventuality of having to bring any change, it will be highly minimal.

A substantial modification or re-alignment will imply additional costs not to mention re-designing and other re-engineering works. According to a statement released a few days back, the contract for the construction will be awarded in about a week, which leaves no time for major changes.

However, it's quite weird that eviction notices have been sent only now. Apparently there will be a meeting today with some of the residents who received the notices.
 

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voici quelques nouvelles sur ce projet
C’est ce vendredi 10 mars qu’aura lieu la pose de la première pierre du Metro Express. Selon nos informations, celle-ci devrait se faire dans les environs du Caudan. En attendant, l’express est en mesure de dévoiler le tracé complet du Metro Express. De Port-Louis à Curepipe, plusieurs régions seront desservies par cette nouvelle ligne de transport.

D’abord, le tracé commence à l’autopont du Caudan et la gare Victoria. Il passe ensuite par Bell-Village pour rejoindre Camp-Benoît, à Grande-Rivière-Nord-Ouest. De là, le Metro Express devrait croiser la route qui mène à Petite-Rivière et à l’Ouest, avant de poursuivre son trajet vers Coromandel en passant à proximité de localités telles que Maingard et Barkly. Ensuite, il devrait passer par le rond-point de Beau-Bassin jusqu’à la gare de Rose-Hill. Un détour vers Réduit et l’université de Maurice est également inclus dans le tracé pour ensuite retourner à Rose-Hill.

En quittant la gare de Rose-Hill, le Metro Express devrait traverser Belle-Rose, la gare routière de Quatre-Bornes et la route St-Jean. Par la suite, il passera par Petit-Camp, le rondpoint de Jumbo, Bonne-Terre jusqu’à la gare de Vacoas. De là, il continuera vers les hauts, en passant à proximité d’Engrais-Martial, Camp-la-Vanille pour un arrêt final à la gare de Curepipe.
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https://www.lexpress.mu/article/301645/transport-en-commun-trace-metro-express-finalise
 

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Les implications infrastructurelles
Le système de transport public compte actuellement 250 «routes» avec quelque 900 arrêts d’autobus. Il nous revient qu’il faudra d’abord établir un dual track. S’ajoute à cela un système complet en ce qui concerne les rails. Le projet devrait également comprendre des bus to rail interchanges (échangeurs pour les autobus et le Metro Express) et des ponts ou viaducs.

Autres travaux à prévoir: des bâtiments à démolir au Caudan. Selon nos informations, ceux-ci ont déjà été identifiés. Il s’agirait du bâtiment auparavant utilisé par Mauritius Telecom, de celui qui abrite la Mauritius Cooperative Agricultural Federation Ltd et d’un autre qui était auparavant occupé par la Wastewater Management Authority.
https://www.lexpress.mu/article/301645/transport-en-commun-trace-metro-express-finalise
 

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UPDATES: 1 AUGUST 2017

The contract for the Metro Express project in Mauritius has been signed yesterday 31 July 2017.

Indian contractor Larsen & Toubro - http://www.larsentoubro.com/ has been awarded the MUR 18.8 Billion (approx USD 550 million) contract

It will be a fixed-charged contract meaning the contractor will bear any cost overrun.

The project will be built in 2 phases simultaneously with the Rose Hill - Port Louis section being given priority. This section of the line will be completed in 2019.

The second section which is Curepipe to Rose Hill will be completed in 2021.

Construction is scheduled to start mid September.

(P.S: Article in French - apologies)

Metro Express: Les travaux demarreront en septembre prochain



« Narien pa pu kapav arret proze Metro Expres », déclaration de Pravind Jugnauth en ce lundi 31 juillet. Le Premier ministre assistait à la cérémonie de signature entre le concepteur Larsen & Toubro et la Metro Express Ltd à l’hôtel Hennessy à Ebène.

Le nom du concepteur est désormais connu. C’est Larsen & Toubro qui a décroché le contrat, au coût de Rs 18,8 milliards, pour la réalisation du projet Metro Express. Les travaux démarreront d’ici septembre prochain. Et le segement Port-Louis-Rose-Hill sera construit et mis en opération en septembre 2019. Quant à celui entre Rose-Hill et Curepipe, il sera complété en septembre 2021.

Un accord qualifié d’historique par Pravind Jugnauth. Lors de son discours, le Premier ministre révèle qu’il n’a jamais était contre le projet Metro Express. “J’ai écris à Narendra Modi pour attirer son attention sur le fait qu’une décision de cet envergure ne peut être prise à la veille d’une élection. D’autant plus que le coût initial du proje était à 37 milliards. Ce enn fardo pou populayson. »

Le chef du gouvernement a aussi indiqué que le nombre d’accidents causés par les métros légers est très bas. Pravind Jugnauth s’appuie sur une étude menée par le United States National Centre for Statistics and Analysis qui indique que les accidents causés par les ‘light rails’ représentent 0,0003 % du nombre total d’accidents sur la route.
Le chef du gouvernement est convaincu que ce projet est financièrement viable et qu’il transformera le visage social et économique du pays. “L’impact sur le cut cost sectors va booster l’économie. Chaque station sera doté d’un pole de developpement économique. Nous travaillons sur le Victoria Terminal”, dira Pravind Jugnauth.

Rencontre avec la Plateforme Anti Métro
Commentant la manifestation pacifique de la Plateforme Anti-Métro un peu plus tôt devant l’hôtel du gouvernement, Nando Bodha annonce une rencontre avec Jayen Chellum avec chiffres à l’appui. Une rencontre autour du dialogue pour expliquer la viabilité du projet Metro Express.
Nando Bodha invite les travailleurs du transport à faire partie intégrante du projet.

Prix
Le ticket du Metro Express sera de Rs 37 pour le trajet Curepipe à Port-Louis. Nando Bodha – qui était également présent à cette présentation – a explique que ce coût sera appelé à évoluer avec le temps. Le ministre des Infrastructures publiques a également annoncé l’introduction d’un mécanisme indépendant pour revoir le prix du ticket. Alors que jusqu’ici, c’est le Conseil des ministres qui décide d’une éventuelle hausse ou pas.

Rappelons que le concepteur, Larsen & Toubro, a construit le Cyber Tower 1 à Ebène et le centre conférence du Swami Vivekananda. S. N. Subrahmanyan, le CEO de Larsen and Toubro donne la garantie que les delais seront respectés.
http://lepoint.mu/2017/07/video-metro-express-les-travaux-demarreront-en-septembre-prochain/

Video rendering of the project:
https://www.facebook.com/topfmmauritius/videos/1668519589859061/
 

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L&T bags Rs 3,375 crore metro rail project in Mauritius

By Rachita Prasad

MUMBAI: Larsen & Toubro has bagged an order worth Rs 3,375 crore to build a metro rail project for the government of Mauritius, the engineering major said on Wednesday.

L&T has been upbeat on metro rail projects and is already executing projects in Riyadh and Doha, and 17 locations in India. On Wednesday, ET reported that the company is close to winning orders for two packages worth a total of Rs 1,300 crore as a part of Mumbai Metro Line 4.

"This order is perfectly in sync with our strategy to expand L&T's railways business into markets beyond India and we are extremely happy to have found a foothold in the African continent," Rajeev Jyoti, the chief executive officer of the railways business at L&T, was quoted as saying in a statement.

The Mauritius project entails designing and building of an integrated light rail-based urban transit system over a 26 km route connecting Curepipe to Immigration Square in Port Louis. L&T would build 19 stations, including two elevated stations.

L&T bagged the projects through competitive bidding route. The project will be fully funded through an India government grant and line of credit.

"Although the project is scheduled to be completed in 48 months, L&T commits to complete and deliver a priority section of 13 km in 24 months," the company said.
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/indl-goods/svs/engineering/lt-bags-rs-3375-crore-metro-rail-project-in-mauritius/articleshow/59884799.cms
 

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Preliminary works for the project have started on the 11th of September.

Land is being cleared at Riche Lieu in the center of the way. Riche Lieu is where the main depot for the train system will be built.

Geo-technical tests are being carried out simultaneously along other sections of the line.

















 

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