During the second bidding call, only one bidder IF&LS had come forward to maintain the monorail.
Mumbai: The MMRDA has decided to levy a fine of Rs 7.5 lakh per day from Scomi Engineering, the Malaysian contractor of the monorail project, if it fails to commission the Phase 2 (Jacob Circle-Wadala) of the project by the first week of Jan. 2018. The fine will be charged until the contractor commences the corridor.
The authority is also planning to rope in an agency to look after the fire-safety measures of monorail. The MMRDA is confident about starting Phase-1 (Wadala-Chembur) in January, which was suspended after a fire gutted two coaches in November.
“We have decided to fine the contractor Rs 7.5 lakh per day if the company fails to start the phase 2 of monorail corridor by January first week. The authority has given enough time to the contractor in the past to commission the corridor,” said Sanjay Khandare, additional metropolitan commissioner, MMRDA. The contractor has missed 15 deadlines in the past. Once commissioned, seven rakes will run for both corridors with a frequency of 20 minutes.”
Meanwhile, the MMRDA has re-invited bids for the third time for Operation and Maintenance of the entire corridor from Chembur to Jacob circle. During the second bidding call, only one bidder IF&LS (Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services) had come forward to maintain the monorail.