GIS - September 07, 2012: The Ministry of Public Infrastructure, National Development Unit, Land Transport and Shipping, and Singapore Cooperative Enterprise (SCE) signed this morning in Port Louis, an agreement for the provision of Consultancy Services for the Mauritius Light Rapid Transit (LRT) project.
The agreement provides for three main aspects:
- the determination of a feasible alignment for the whole Light Rail Transit corridor running between Curepipe and Port Louis as well as financial and economic analysis;
- development of concept and preliminary design to attract market interest in the project from suitably qualified delivery entities and to invite priced tenders from those entities whereby a Request For Proposals (Tender) would be prepared and internationally launched; and
- a high level consideration of potential future northbound and southbound extension to the Curepipe and Port Louis corridor.
The total cost of the Consultancy services for the LRT project is estimated at around Rs 180 million and the preliminary works will be conducted by SCE within 13 months. The outcomes of SCE will then determine the construction cost of the LRT.
Present at the signing ceremony, the Vice-Prime Minister, Minister of Public Infrastructure, National Development Unit, Land Transport and Shipping, Mr. Anil Kumar Bachoo, underlined that the metro-leger project is now a reality. Today’s agreement, he said, kick-starts the consultancy services regarding the LRT project which at a first phase will consist of a feasible alignment for the whole Light Rail Transit corridor running between Curepipe and Port Louis covering a length of approximately 28 kilometres.
According to VPM Bachoo, the LRT has materialised following the visit of the Prime Minister, Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam, GCSK, FRCP, to Singapore in 2010. It was then decided that under the Government to Government agreement with Singapore, the SCE, together with its partners, namely, Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT) Corporation Ltd and Aurecon Ltd, would assist Mauritius in preparing a request for proposal document to be launched to potential developers. A delegation from the SMRT was in Mauritius in March 2011 to study the possibilities of introducing the LRT system.
It will be recalled that, a Steering Committee was set up under the Chairmanship of the Secretary to Cabinet and Head of the Civil Service to examine the modalities of the proposed LRT system. Subsequently, the proposals of SCE were examined by a Due Diligence Committee comprised of local officials, with the assistance of Mr Srivastava from the Railway Industry, Government of India.