Metro Express: India hands over cheque to Prime Minister

Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth has received 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 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


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