Mumbai Metro Rail (MMRC) in India has awarded a contract for the supply and installation of escalators at 14 stations on the Metro Line 3 (MML-3), which will run through Colaba, Bandra and Seepz.

Johnson Lifts Pvt Ltd India & M/s SJEC Corporation China Consortium won the contract against other prequalified bidders.

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) granted approval for the project and will provide a loan of Rs132.35bn ($1.8bn).

Metrorailnews.in reported that Johnson Lifts Pvt Ltd India & M/s SJEC Corporation China Consortium will be responsible for the design, manufacture, supply, installation, testing, commissioning and other related works of around 205 escalators.

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“The project is estimated to cost around Rs231.36bn ($3.1bn), with 57.2% of this expected to be covered by the JICA funding.”

Improved technologies will be installed, such as variable voltage variable frequency (VVVF) regenerative drives for power saving and radio frequency identification (RFID) based systems for real-time web-based monitoring and maintenance.

According to MMRC managing director Ashwini Bhide, escalators form a critical component of MML-3 and for passenger comfort and safety.

MMRC commissioned the last of the ten tunnel-boring machines (TBM) for the MML-3 project, which is set to link Cuffe Parade business district in the extreme south of Mumbai to Seepz in the north-central, encompassing 26 underground stations.

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The project is estimated to cost around Rs231.36bn ($3.1bn), with 57.2% of this expected to be covered by the JICA funding.