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In Mumbai, the day after one person was killed and a dozen injured in the metro slab accident, questions are being asked over whether quality is being compromised during construction.
Navi Mumbai is not beaming in its 40th year. Lack of affordable housing, poor transport, growing slum population and encroachment, pollution, and slow infrastructure development are hampering its prospects. Lack of efficient, dependable and speedy public transport linking Mumbai and other cities could be a major impediment in the development of Navi Mumbai.
The number of 12,811 fines issued by the Metro’s security staff since its inception may seem big to many, reflecting a high number of violations. But according to a senior official from RTA, it is very low compared to the other big cities in the world, where violations and crime levels are quite high. This, definitely makes Dubai Metro one of the safest in the world.
The delay in completing work on the Metro line is not only affecting Mumbaiites, but is also burning a hole in the pockets of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).
About 19 construction packages of $1bn (QR3.65bn) each are to be awarded until the end of next year for the Qatar railway project, including the metro and GCC network, Gulf Times has learnt.
Infrastructure spending will instead dominate the agenda over the next five years and around $65bn is due to be invested in a series of transportation schemes. Plans include the new $11bn new Doha International airport, the $6bn Doha port project, as well as a $25bn railway and metro.
Atkins, the British construction engineer, said Thursday it will increase its headcount in Middle East after recording a 70 percent rise in regional full-year profit. The firm, whose projects include the Dubai Metro and Durrat Al Bahrain, said it will grow employee numbers chiefly in Saudi Arabia and Qatar to accelerate expansion in those markets.