Inauguration was held in the presence of the visiting Indian PM Narendra Modi and the Mauritius PM Pravind Kumar Jugnauth
Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has announced the opening of Phase One of the Metro Express light rail-based urban transit system in Mauritius. The project was designed and built by L&T and will initially run for 13km from Port Louis to Rose Hill.
The firm notes the new transit system will ultimately cover 26km and connect Curepipe to Immigration Square in Port Louis with 19 stations. The system will connect three major bus interchanges enabling a multimodal urban transit solution, the statement said.
“Starting from a green field to the present status in a record span of two years, the Mauritius Express has been one of the fasted executed transit systems by L&T. The ‘Scale and Speed’ have been the hallmarks of L&T projects and our approach has been to provide a modern and distinctive solution by implementing cost-effective construction methods to enhance speed of execution with minimum disturbance to the people,” said L&T CEO SN Subrahmanyan.
The firm’s scope of work includes the construction of viaducts and bridges, track works, and integration with road traffic through advanced signaling systems, procurement of rolling stock from recognised major players in LRT (Light Rail Transit), and the construction of depots along with maintenance equipment.
“This project also marks a new high in Indo-Mauritian relations that will definitely bring huge economic advantages and offer opportunities in engineering and technical skill development for the island nation,” added Subrahmanyan.
Rajeev Jyoti, CE, Railways Strategic Business Unit at L&T Construction commented, “The successful launch of Phase One of the Mauritius Metro demonstrates L&T’s design and engineering capabilities by leveraging our global experience and establishes our credentials in the Railways business overseas. We have been guided by the principles of constructing an optimised solution that is safe and efficient and with our work force that touched 2,800 during peak times we have been able to achieve our objective to build a world-class transport infrastructure clocking 2.62m safe man hours in the process.”