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Metro Express: India hands over cheque to PM

Date: September 15, 2017
Domain:Economy & Finance; Public Infrastructure; International Relations
Persona: Business; Citizen; Government; Non-Citizen

GIS - 15 September, 2017: The Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, received yesterday at the Treasury Building in Port Louis a cheque to the tune of Rs 900 million (USD 27.5 million) from the High Commissioner of India to Mauritius, Mr Abhay Thahur.
This cheque is another tranche of Government of India’s financial assistance under the agreed Special Economic Package of USD 353 million to Mauritius, towards the Metro Express Project.
The Prime Minister thanked the Indian government for its support to the biggest infrastructure project to be realised in Mauritius. He also expressed gratefulness to India to help Mauritius upgrading its infrastructure.
For his part, Mr Abhay Thakur, stated that the Metro Express project represents yet another milestone in the cooperation between India and is the biggest leap into strengthening the relation of kinship and bilateral relations between India and Mauritius.  
Metro Express Project 
The Metro Express Project will span over a distance of 26 km from Curepipe to Port Louis and comprise 19 stations, and 6 urban terminal including four interchangers. Eighteen air-conditioned trains will be operational with an accommodation capacity of 307 to 400 passengers with Wi-Fi-facilities. The ticket fare will be aligned with that of the bus fare. The target is to reach 53 800 passengers by 2021.  The project is estimated to decrease traffic congestion which is costing the country Rs 4 billion annually.
Feasibility study and preliminary design and alignment of the Metro Express project have been carried out by the Singapore Cooperation Enterprise. The project will be partly funded by the Indian grant of Rs 9.9 billion and through a line of credit by the State Bank of Mauritius Infrastructure Development Company Ltd.
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