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Mumbai, July 15 (UNI) Larsen and Toubro-Scoomi and Reliance Infrastructure Limited-Hitachi consortia are the final bidders in fray for the first phase of monorail project in the metropolis.

Earlier, seven consortiums were in fray for the project. The number came down to three after the opening of the pre-qualification bids.

Bombardier of Canada, which was among the three bidders withdrew, leaving the Reliance Infrastructure-Hitachi (Japan) and L&T-Scoomi (Malaysia) in the reckoning.

In an official statement here, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority Joint Project Director (Public Relations) Dilip Kawathkar said the technical bids were submitted today. Both the technical and financial bids will be evaluated within a week's time after procession and thereafter the bid would be awarded, he said.

The bids were invited for the first phase of the monorail between Jacob Circle-Wadala-Chembur, spread across 20 kilometres with 18 stations. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 1,440 crore.

RITES will be involved in evaluating both the technical and financial bids, he said.

The monorail will have four coaches with each coach having a capacity to accommodate 175 passengers and an average speed of 31 km per hour with a maximum speed of 80 km per hour. During peak hours, around 10,000 to 15,000 passengers are expected to travel in the monorail per hour and per direction. A car depot facility spread across eight hectares will come up at Wadala.

Work on the project is expected to start after monsoons and would be completed in the next two and a half years. Monorail is a designed and built concept with the consortium handling the project running it for three years before handing it over to MMRDA, the release added.

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