Even before the Mumbai monorail is opened to the public, two of the 10 monorail rakes at the Wadala car depot stand useless.
Reason, almost all parts of the machinery have been removed to fix other rakes that need to be put into operation from February 1.
On September 6, 2013, dna reported about safety issues related to the monorail, including cannibalising parts of some trains as Scomi had not arranged any spare parts.
Scomi Group Bhd (Scomi) is a Malaysian company that deals mainly in the oil and gas industry. It is also involved in energy and in providing transport solutions. Scomi manufactures monorail systems, buses, special purpose vehicles, rail wagons, and defence vehicles.
The fact is the situation is still bad as one of the rakes doesn’t have all the parts, while another has only the shell or body at the Wadala car depot. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is still waiting for spare parts from Kuala Lumpur, Malayasia, to install them in these two rakes and make them operational.
The minutes of the meeting held on August 23 had mentioned, “The parts of some trains are being cannibalised as Scomi has not arranged spare parts.”
The failed equipment under warranty too isn’t being replaced. The other concern is the frequent failing rolling stock. In August, top MMRDA officials said spare parts promised under warranty will start flowing in soon. But five months have passed and MMRDA as well as the Wadala car depot staff are yet to get the replacements.
“At the moment, five rakes will be put into operation and one will be kept on standby. Once the entire 19.17km route is operational between Jacob Circle and Chembur, there will be 16 rakes plying on the stretch,” metropolitan commissioner UPS Madan said.
According to him, the situation isn’t alarming as there are adequate rakes needed to operate in the first phase. “In between, there was some problem of spare parts; but that has been sorted out,” Madan said.