to clearance or approvals.
However, the same cannot be said for the Bangalore’s metro rail project, also referred to as ‘Namma Metro’, which has been mired in delays. The civil construction on Phase I started in April 2007, and after missing four to five deadlines, the first line of 6.5 km finally started operations in December 2011. The second line of 10.5 km is also about 10 months delayed and is now expected to open for traffic by end-2013.
On the other hand, the Maharashtra government is still undecided on the contract model for the MTHL, as the project did not get a single bid in the tender earlier this month—the third attempt in seven years. Meanwhile, for the elevated railway corridor, with the state support agreement (SSA) not in place and lack of clarity over land required, as well as bidders concerns over viability, the railway ministry had to float a fresh request for qualification this month . A senior state official told FE that there is still no consensus on the SSA, as the Centre has not yet specified the land requirement for the project.