MMRDA Terminates Mumbai Monorail’s Tender for 10 Train-sets

Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) on Tuesday terminated the bidding process midway for procuring 10 train-sets (rakes) of 4 cars each to run on Mumbai Monorail’s 19.54 km Line-1 which connects Chembur with Jacob Circle (Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk).

This was MMRDA’s second attempt to procure new train-sets to improve frequency, and no official reason for canceling the process has been provided.

MMRDA invited bids for these train-sets in February 2020 with an original closing date of April 13 which was revised to June 22, so technical bids for this tender weren’t even opened. Either there was a poor showing during the pre-bid meeting or the MMRDA now has other (better?) plans in store for rejuvenating the line.

Tender No. MMRDA/monopiu/0002029

Back in 2019, the MMRDA tried procuring 10 new train-sets and received bids from two firms – China’s CRRC and BYD, an american firm headquartered in Los Angeles, but decided to scrap the bidding process for similar unknown reasons.

Route map of Mumbai Monorail’s Line-1 via Scroll.in – view the map in greater detail with stations marked here

The L&T-Scomi Engineering consortium had originally procured 10 Scomi Sutra train-sets back in 2009-2010 of which only 4 were in operation prior to the COVID-19 related lockdown. The rest 6 were nonoperational due to a lack of low cost high-quality spares which led to the cannibalization of its fleet and further operational losses.

Per a MMRDA official who spoke recently with HT, 2 of those 6 train-sets were to be repaired and ready by “May 31 or the week after that”. Whenever operations restart, MMRDA claims these will bring down headways from 23 minutes to 15 minutes.

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– TMRG

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3 Responses to "MMRDA Terminates Mumbai Monorail’s Tender for 10 Train-sets"

  1. OP Sharma says:

    It’s a wastage of taxpayer money. The biggest infrastructure blunder of India.

    Reply
    • Clevin Gomes says:

      Yeah, even after 3 weeks of opening technical bid for Mumbai Metro Green Line (Line 4,4A,10,11) rolling stock tender. MMRDA didn’t reveal the list of bidders. MMRDA needs to learn from DMRC and MMRCL.

      Reply
  2. Ayush says:

    This project is jinxed. State should tear it down and end its suffering

    Reply

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