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dna impact: Labour officials show up at Monorail office

Saturday, 5 July 2014 - 7:35am IST | Agency: dna
Inquire if the team working to maintain and operate the transport system is getting its rightful due

After dna reported problems being faced by Mumbai Monorail staff, a team from Labour Commissioner's office visited the Mumbai Monorail premises on Friday afternoon. Additionally, a senior official from Malaysian firm Scomi – the firm supply monorail – has reached Mumbai for back-to-back meetings related to the project.

The line of inquiry by the team from labour department was to check if the team of 300-odd staff working to maintain and operate the first phase of Mumbai Monorail between Wadala Depot and Chembur are getting their rightful due.

The visiting labour officials randomly asked the employees about their salary structure and if any problems are being faced by the staff while working for the prestigious monorail project.

Labour commissioner H K Jawale confirmed the visit. He said, "Two of our officials – assistant labour commissioner and joint labour officer – had visited the offices of Larsen & Toubro-Scomi to check compliance of rules as per Minimum Wages Act and working conditions." L&T-Scomi are partners in constructing, operating and maintaining the Mumbai Monorail.

Jawale added that a report is being prepared and it will take a couple of more days for its submission. Even the construction labourers were questioned with regards to their wages.

Scomi did not wish to respond to questionnaire mailed to them asking about the enquiry and its outcome.

In the last one week, dna has reported about serious safety lapses by Mumbai Monorail, including opening of one of the doors of a running train in between two stations, and the need to replace UPS system and breakdown of trains.

On Friday, Kanesan Velupillai, chief executive officer of Scomi Engineering Bhd (the unit that builds monorail trains) landed in Mumbai to check the progress on the project and resolve issues arising from the operations and maintenance of the 11 monorail rakes in Mumbai.




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