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How Mumbai Metro rail will meet 30-month deadline

May 5, 2008

The Metro is one of Mumbai's most ambitious infrastructure projects. Work on the first line of the first phase (there are three phases and about 10 lines) from the western suburb of Versova to the eastern Ghatkopar, through the bustling Andheri began in February 2008.

The man heading the project, Krishna Prakash Maheshwari, Director Mumbai Metro One Private Limited, has more than a decade's experience in infrastructure. Within a month of the project beginning, he shaved half of the initial 60-month deadline.

Maheshwari, who has been associated with the Reliance Group since year 2000, helmed some of the key projects like the privatisation process of energy distribution in Delhi, the world's largest gas-based power plant -- the Reliance Dadri Project.

In an interview with Krishnakumar P, Maheshwari speaks on why he set himself a shortened deadline, the project's teething problems, the challenges ahead and also clears the air about reported differences with the government agencies.

Image: Krishna Prakash Maheshwari, Director Mumbai Metro One Private Limited

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