According to a new report, the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) is looking to appoint Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) to prepare the Detailed Project Reports (DPR) for Navi Mumbai Metro’s Phase 2 and Phase 3 which will also provide connectivity to the Navi Mumbai International Airport.
While Phase 1 of Line 1 of 11.10 km is currently under construction between Belapur-Kharghar-Taloja-Pendhar, CIDCO hopes to initiate the tendering process for Phase-II by next year. They are currently in advanced talks with RITES and will award the DPR preparation job once all the formalities are worked out. The Delhi Metro Rail Corp had prepared a DPR for Phase 2, but the CIDCO had issues with it and wants a fresh DPR to be prepared.
As per one CIDCO official:
There is a problem with the alignment of Phase-II, especially at Jawahar Industrial estate, as there is lack of space adjoining the alignment, while additional land has to be acquired for an alignment on Line-3 near Taloja MIDC. Considering these issues, we wanted a revalidation of the DPR and also a look at various options such as going underground at these locations. Therefore, we have approached RITES.
The DPR will help us in deciding on whether to go over ground or underground or change the route slightly. We are working out the modalities of the scope and also the financial aspects of the DPR with RITES. Once that is worked out, we will put it before the board for it to be approved.
RITES has indicated that they will complete the DPR in four months as soon as they are awarded the task.
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