Once the tender of either one of two companies which had enlisted their desire to cater for the construction of the light metro project in Mauritius will have been chosen to be assigned with the task, the light metro project will start off thereafter.
An Indian company v/s a Chinese one
The project of the government to equip the Mauritian transport system with the light metro will soon start off now that the company responsible for the project has nearly been selected. Two foreign companies are vying with each other for this contract of billions of rupees: an Indian company, Afcons Infrastructure Ltd, and a Chinese company, China State Construction Engineering Corporation. The Chinese company had, in the past, catered for the construction of the new air terminal. Afcons Infrastructure Ltd forms part of the Shapoorji Pallonji Group which is the third biggest construction company of India. Its expertise can be demonstrated by the 43 kilometer long light metro whose construction it had been in charge of in the past.
Rs 22 Billions Contract
The Mass Rapid Transit Unit is the body having been assigned the role to supervise the light metro project. It will now have to analyse the offers of the two companies so that a final decision can be made as to which one would earn the contract of Rs 22 billions.
Metro Passenger Fee Same As Bus Ticket Fee
The light metro will link the bus stand at Curepipe to the Victoria bus stand in Port-Louis. 19 railway stations will be set up along the track of 26 kilometers. It will have 25 to 28 journeys per day. The price of the ticket will not be greater than the bus ticket price. According to the statistics, by 2015, around 15 millions of people will have travelled by the light metro. Five wagons of nine meters each will make up the light metro.