The Metro Express Project is on track and on time. As regards the progress made, 43.5% of the works for Phase I has been completed and 28% of the overall project from Port Louis to Curepipe.

This reply was given by the Minister of Public Infrastructure and Land Transport, Mr. Nandcoomar Bodha, at the National Assembly on 16 October 2018, to a Parliamentary Question pertaining to the implementation of the Metro Express Project, in particular the percentage of works completed and expenditure incurred as at to date.

Minister Bodha highlighted that the Metro Express project is one of the most important transport infrastructure project ever implemented in Mauritius, that aims to improve travel between Curepipe and Port Louis, a corridor that serves the fastest growing areas in Mauritius. He emphasised that the Metro Express Project will reduce traffic congestion by providing a cleaner and more reliable mode of mass transit transport that will help to achieve sustainable economic growth.

In addition, the Minister pointed out that much progress has been made since the launch of the project on 10 March 2017, while recalling that Larsen and Toubro Ltd was awarded the Design and Build Contract and works started in September 2017. He indicated that Larsen and Toubro Ltd has reached cruising speed and is currently working on 30 sites simultaneously, on a 24/7 regime, along the 12.4 kms alignment from Rose Hill to Port Louis, for the first phase of the project.

The Minister added that most of the utilities diversion works have been completed, he said, with excavation works that are under way at various sites such as at Chebel, Signal Mountain and the Richelieu Depot. Foundation works are underway at other sites – 45 piles have been casted at GRNW and 40 piles at the Caudan flyover; pier caps are being constructed at the Rose Hill Interchange; and the pre-cast yard is already operational and being used for the construction of pre-cast beams for bridges and fly-overs.

As regards the rails, he added that the supply of rails is ongoing – 76 kms out of 114 kms of rail have already been imported. Base preparation of the track has started between Beau Bassin and Révérend Lebrun and placement of the rails on the tracks is scheduled to start in November. The first “Urbos 100” Light Rails Vehicles from Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) are expected to reach Mauritius in June 2019 for tests.

Furthermore , the Minister underlined that Metro Express Limited will initially be assisted by the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise/Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SCE/SMRT), for the provision of Operation Readiness Services, namely in the recruitment and training of local staff and in setting up the operation and maintenance procedure for the Light Rail System.

As regards expenditure incurred, he underlined that Rs4.6 billion has been disbursed to the Design and Build contractor, Larsen and Toubro Ltd, as at 30 September 2018, representing the mobilisation fee and payment effected based on the progress of works.

Minister Bodha further stressed that the implementation of the Metro Express Project is on track, while emphasising that close monitoring is being ensured so as to have the Light Rail system operational, as planned, in September 2019 for the first phase of the project from Rose-Hill to Port Louis.

Source: Government of Mauritius