LTSE, a consortium of Larsen & Toubro and Scomi Engineering Malaysia, has selected Mott MacDonald as an independent assessor for the testing and commissioning of the first phase of the Jacob Circle to Chembur corridor of the Mumbai monorail project.
Mott MacDonald will also be responsible for proof checking, certification of tests and documentation of plans, as well as emergency services simulation to review procedures and equipment.
The corridor is one of eight lines proposed for the city of Mumbai and, upon completion, the Rs24.6bn (£289M) scheme will be the world’s second longest monorail after Japan’s Osaka system.
Mott MacDonald technical director Dick Dumolo said that the design makes it possible to execute the project on a fast-track basis as it requires a small footprint with minimal demolition of structures.
"This project will help achieve greater reliability, high manoeuvrability, lower cost and an eco-friendly transit, which is easily acceptable in a dense residential area such as Mumbai," Dumolo said.
LTSE is carrying out the construction on the 19.7km straddle monorail line on behalf of Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority on a lump sum turnkey basis.
The project, which will link to existing railways and the metro system currently being built, forms part of the multi-modal transport scheme aimed at easing congestion in the metropolitan area.
The first phase of the project, which will span 8.92km from Wadala Depot to Chembur and be served by seven stations, is scheduled for completion in December 2012, while the second includes the construction of a 10.76km line served by 11 stations, linking Jacob Circle and Wadala Depot.