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25 June 2012

Mott MacDonald appointed on Mumbai monorail project by LTSE

Mott MacDonald has been appointed by LTSE – a consortium comprising Larsen & Toubro and Scomi Engineering Bhd, Malaysia – as independent assessor for the testing and commissioning of Phase 1 of the Jacob Circle to Chembur corridor of India’s first monorail. This section is one of eight lines proposed for the city of Mumbai and once complete, the INR24.6 billion 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 (Gadge Maharaj Chowk) 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 Dec 2012. 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 maneuverability, 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.

Mohddinsha Makandar, Mott MacDonald project director added: “Mott MacDonald is a recognised world leader in light rail systems’ consulting and will bring together a multidisciplinary team of railway experts to deliver this project.”


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