Another prestigious mass transport project involving two agencies as come to a halt. This time it is the Rs 106 Crore Seawood Uran rail link that was being developed by the Central Railways but all of a sudden CIDCO has asked them to stop construction till further notice. After having spent Rs 106 crore on the Seawood-Uran rail link, the Central Railway has been asked to stop work by CIDCO because the latter wants to “review transportation options for Navi Mumbai”. CIDCO is supposedly keen on a swanky Metro line for what would virtually be the link between Mumbai and the island of Uran. Central Railway had proposed a suburban rail track between Belapur and Uran, but CIDCO obviously wants something off the beaten track. The late realization has put the railways in a quandary, it having already spent Rs 106 crore of what was at the time of conceiving – 1996-97 – a Rs 495-crore project and today Rs1,300-crore one. CR officials had set a 2010 deadline for commissioning the project. Railway officials inform that before CIDCO asked them to stop work it had asked whether CR would bear the entire cost of project but since CIDCO is the commercial beneficiary of all state of the art railway stations in Navi Mumbai, Central Railway refused to bear the entire cost of the project that today runs into over Rs. 1000 Crore. According to sources, CIDCO has appointed Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited as a consultant to study the feasibility of Metro in Navi Mumbai. Until that report is done, CR has asked to stop construction activity. Looks like the honeymoon between CR and CIDCO is over. After having partnered all Railway Station projects, they have been asked to stop work on the new Seawoods – Uran rail route. And if CR is calling CIDCO’s decision an out of the blue unfair move, they have reason for the railways have already invested a whopping over Rs. 100 Cr in the project. With the change of Jt. Managing Directir and other senior officials in CIDCO’s administration – CR will be hoping against hope that CIDCO retracts from its decision – till then it will be a worrisome wait and watch for the Central railways.
- May 24, 2016