Larsen and Toubro (L&T) has won the contract to construct 9.73 km of an elevated corridor for the Chennai Metro Rail project, which promises to make commuting in the city faster and hassle-free. Except for the stretch from the Officers Training Academy (OTA) to the airport, which the Airports Authority of India wants constructed underground, builders have now been identified for almost the entire elevated stretch. L&T will design and construct the 4.56-km elevated viaduct from Ashok Nagar to St Thomas Mount at an estimated Rs 141.13 crore and the 5.17-km stretch from Saidapet to the OTA at Rs 173.30 crore. The company was awarded the two contracts on Monday, said Chennai Metro Rail chief public relations officer S Krishnamurthy. A senior official said discussions were on with the AAI on building an elevated corridor between the OTA and the airport as the AAI had requested that this corridor be built underground to prevent it from coming in the way of flight operations on the secondary runway. “The stretch will be an elevated corridor but the tender process will start only after discussions with airport officials,” he added.
Builders identified for almost all of the elevated corridor From Officers Training Academy to the airport, Airports Authority of India wants an underground corridor to be constructed This will not come in the way of operations on the secondary runway, says AAI
Separate tenders to identify builders to construct stations along the elevated stretch and also at St Thomas Mount Metro rail to have two corridors
The Metro Rail plans to issue separate tenders to identify builders to construct stations along the elevated stretch and also at St Thomas Mount which will be a hub of Metro Rail, MRTS and suburban railway line. “Metro Rail will occupy level two while MRTS will occupy level one of the elevated station that will be built at St Thomas Mount,” sources said. A pre-qualification bid meeting was held at the Metro Rail office on Thursday to brief companies about the requirements to bid.
Work on Metro rail began on June 10, 2009.
Metro rail will have two corridors with a combined length of 45 km — one from Washermanpet to the airport and the other from Central to St Thomas Mount via Koyambedu. The total cost is estimated at Rs 14,600 crore.
What is the MMRDA model?
Sale of plots under its jurisdiction as the primary source of revenue, supplemented by development charges for these plots
Mumbai Urban Development Project — Revolving Fund (MUDP – RF) was established in the MMRDA in 1988, with the object of co-financing projects similar to the Mumbai Urban Development Project (MUDP) — particularly projects for sites and services as well as slum upgradation by public bodies. Projects and programmes for improvement in local government services could also be financed from the MUDP-RF. It can be used for equity participation in remunerative projects
The MMRDA established a reserve fund in 1992. Out of this fund, shortand long-term loans are granted to local authorities in the MMR for financing infrastructure works
MMRDA generated about Rs 1,700 crore from disposal of plots in the Bandra-Kurla Complex in Mumbai
The MMRDA has created a corpus to finance developmental activities
Total area under PMRDA — 2,200 sq km ( approx)
Municipal corporations— Pune, PCMC
Municipal councils — Lonavla, Talegaon, Bhor, Shirur and Saswad
Cantonment boards — Pune, Khadki and Dehu Road
Gram Panchayats: 100
The township being readied in Kurla for airport evacuees.
In 1942, the British had acquired 1,875 acres of agricultural land belonging to East Indians residing in 12 villages in the vicinity. With no land, the agrarian community could not take advantage of Mumbai’s growth despite being the original inhabitants of the city. Recently, the state accorded East Indians the status of an Other Backward Class. This time around, though, the community is determined to fight for its dues. In November 2007, the state issued a notice to residents for land acquisition. Uniting under the banner of Sahar Citizens Forum, residents demanded that the government reveal its R&R plan. Krishna Hegde, Congress MLA from Vile Parle, said that he and MP Priya Dutt have made it clear that affected residents must be rehabilitated in the vicinity. “Unless that happens, there will be huge upheaval. We are identifying plots for rehabilitation,’’ he said.
Lack of transparency on the part of the authorities is another problem, said families. N Sureshan, general secretary, Airport Authority Zopadpatti Sangharsh Samiti, said: “The government has been unable to carry out the survey because the residents are fighting the non-transparent methods. We want homes in the vicinity. The area is our source of livelihood.’’ Alice Therratil, Congress corporator from Kalina, concurred and claimed that despite agitations carried out by affected families in her consituency, they are no closer to knowing the R&R plans.
Another bone of contention is that the state is carrying out the R&R plan under the Slum Rehabilitation Scheme (SRS), though with a more relaxed 2000 cut-off date. Residents are demanding that the more humane National Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy, 2007 (NRRS) be used, as it has no cut-off date and offers PAPs a better deal, including a good grievance redressal mechanism.
The SRS, according to Amita Bhide, chairperson of urban planning and governance, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, deals primarily with housing and fails to meet the expectations of a project of this magnitude. “We have a comprehensive R&R plan for the Mumbai Urban Transport Project. It can be used here too. The NRRS will also help, as it will minimise the circle of impact and help monitor the impact of resettlement on people,’’ she said. M Rameshkumar, additional chief secretary, rehabilitation, Maharashtra, said the NRRS policy is applicable in this case. He added that the project has not been notified under the state’s Rehabilitation of Project Affected Persons Act, 1999.