US-based construction consulting firm Hill International has received a contract from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), India to provide general consultancy services for the $2.26bn Mumbai Metro Line 4 as part of a consortium comprising DB Engineering & Consulting and Louis Berger Consulting.
DB Engineering & Consulting is the lead partner of the consortium.
The Mumbai Metro Line 4 project consists of a 32.3km elevated corridor and includes 32 stations along the Wadala-Ghatkopar-Mulund-Thane-Kasarvadavali corridor.
The general services will consist of design review, project management and construction supervision.
According to officials, the project is expected to reduce current travel times by 50-75% depending on road conditions.
Hill’s project management group senior vice president and managing director (Asia/Pacific) Abdo Kardous said: “The Mumbai Metro Line 4 will have a tremendous impact on both local employment and the national economy. We are extremely proud to participate in this important infrastructure improvement project.
“This award from MMRDA is a testament to the quality of our services, and we look forward to providing added value on this vital improvement project.”
The Mumbai Metro Line 4 from Wadala to Kasarvadavali will provide interconnectivity among the existing Eastern Express Roadway, Central Railway, Monorail, the ongoing Metro Line 2B (DN Nagar to Mandale), and the proposed Metro Line 5 (Thane to Kalyan), Metro Line 6 (Swami Samarth Nagar to Vikhroli) and Metro Line 8 (Wadala to General Post Office).
It will also provide rail-based access to the commercial, government bodies and geographical landmarks in Mumbai.
Under the project, dedicated depots are planned in Owale land in an extent of up to 20 hectares and in Godrej land in up to 15.5 hectares.
The Mumbai Metro Line 4 is part of the 126km Virar-Alibuag Multimodal Corridor in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
The corridor will connect NH-8, Bhiwandi bypass, NH-3, NH-4 and NH-4B, Mumbai-Pune Expressway, NH-17.
Of the 126km corridor, 79km Virar (Navghar) to Chirner (JNPT) corridor is financially feasible and has been approved by the MMRDA on 6 March 2012.