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MMRDA streamlining process to approve prototype rakes for upcoming Mumbai Metro lines | Mumbai News


The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is taking steps to streamline the process of approving prototype rakes for upcoming Metro lines in order to save time.

MMRDA Commissioner Sanjay Mukherjee said that since two Metro lines (Line 2A and Line 7) from Andheri to Dahisar are already operational, the experience gained from those lines will help expedite the approval process for prototype rakes for other lines. The Metro rakes need to adhere to the standards set by the Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO) and the Commissioner of Metro Railway Safety (CMRS).

“Since these agencies have already visited and inspected the operational lines 2A and 7, their feedback and observations can be utilised in manufacturing rakes for other Metro lines. This would lead to a reduction in the time required for inspection and approval when these agencies visit for the other lines, as many standard conditions would have already been met,” said the official.

As the manufacturing of rakes begins only after the approval of the prototype and the process takes at least a year, much time will be saved with the MMRDA planning to streamline the process, added the official, explaining that contractors manufacturing Metro rakes will be given a checklist of criteria and remarks given by the certifying agencies on operational ones.

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“Given that a significant amount of time has already been spent on civil works for different elevated Metro lines, the MMRDA is focusing on finding ways to optimise the system and reduce overall project timelines,” Mukherjee said.

Freedom Sale

The MMRDA is currently overseeing the construction of various Metro corridors, including Line 2B, Line 4, Line 4A, Line 5, Line 6, Line 9, and Line 7A. Additionally, there are plans for the construction of other lines such as Line 10, Line 12, Line 13, and Line 14.

Major reform in metro administration

For the first time, the MMRDA has appointed team leaders for each Metro line, streamlining the interface between civil and electrical works, and further defining responsibilities. Mukherjee said this will help in speedy execution of Metro projects. So far, one official had to monitor all Metro lines, which was a complex task.

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