S. Shanker

Mumbai, Oct. 29 The Malaysia-based Scomi International and Geodesic Techniques of Bangalore will submit a proposal to the Karnataka Government on Friday for commissioning a monorail system in the Garden City.

Early this year, an L&T- Scomi consortium bagged the first phase of the Mumbai monorail contract floated by the Maharashtra Metropolitan Region Development Authority.

The cost of the 20-km light rail link is Rs 2,450 crore and the project is scheduled for completion in 30 months.

Feasibility study

Mr Kanesan Veluppillai, President, Scomi International, told Business Line that Scomi and Geodesic would submit both the technical and commercial bids for the project.

The company had completed the feasibility study on the proposed link which, in general, would be along corridors where the bus movement is ‘stalled’ due to traffic congestion.

This apart, the Karnataka Government had also identified three corridors, totalling 59 km, for monorail and completed the mandatory public hearing for them. However, the State might want to take it up in phases, he felt.

Other projects

As for Pune, he said the Maharashtra Government had finalised the alignment and was expected to call for bids.

The Delhi Government too had identified three potential lines for which a Rail India Technical and Engineering Services study was also done.

In Kolkata, the route had been identified and the proposal is expected to move forward shortly.

Monorail projects would not be held up for long unlike others which involve major land acquisition as the footprint of the system is small, said Mr Suhaimi Tan Sri Yaacob, Country President-India, Scomi Group.

Study for TN

The company is also keen to meet the Tamil Nadu Government to at least do a feasibility study for the State and take it forward from there.

Landmark

Scomi officials feel that once the Mumbai monorail is operational, it would be a landmark and open up opportunities across the country as most cities were bursting at the seams and needed quick transport solutions.

Moreover, the monorail could bypass issues relating to acquisitions by a mere change of alignment by 500 metres without hassles.

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(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated October 30, 2009)
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