February 06, 2020
Nearly nine months before the deadline for the Andheri-Dahisar Metro 7, the MMRDA has terminated the contract awarded to infrastructure major Simplex for the construction of the Andheri-Goregaon portion, citing extensive work execution delays.
Fears that the delay on the stretch would jeopardise the October deadline for the Metro 7 project began to be expressed about six months ago, when the MMRDA sent the first of several notices to Simplex Infrastructures Ltd to speed up work.
The Rs 6,208 crore Metro 7 project will connect the 16.5 km between Andheri (east) and Dahisar (east) with an elevated line running largely along the Western Express Highway.
Simplex was finalised to execute civil works on the 5.5 km stretch between Andheri and Goregaon in April 2016 for Rs 348 crore. Officials said the work here had remained virtually stuck at the 75% stage for some months now when it should have been finished by now. "The MMRDA has terminated the contract and fresh tenders have been invited to appoint a new contractor to complete the balance work of Simplex Infrastructures Ltd," an MMRDA official said.
The MMRDA has also encashed the bank guarantee of Rs 35 crore given by Simplex.
Manthank Mehta, The Times of India, Mumbai
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