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Dear Friends,

Welcome to another issue of On Track, Scomi's e-newsletter, featuring current news on urban transportation. In this issue, all the excitement is centred on the arrival and subsequent test run of Mumbai's first monorail car that Scomi delivered to them early this year. It was a historic occasion for both Scomi Malaysia and Mumbai. Happy reading, everyone.

"Jai Ho", crowed the slumdog millionaires in one of 2009's biggest movies. In a rough translation, Jai Ho means "Victory to thee". Aptly, I'm borrowing the phrase to express my great joy and gratitude at Scomi and L&T's successful completion of the first monorail car for the Mumbai Monorail project.

To recap, the monorail car left Scomi's manufacturing facility in Malaysia on the 2nd of January en route to Mumbai. It arrived safely in India's financial capital on January 13, in time for critical preliminary systems interface testing on January 26 or India's Republic Day to ensure that the monorail system will run smoothly in future.

"Jai Ho" is also an apt motto for Scomi since only the considerable efforts made by our entire international team in Malaysia and India have made this delivery achievable in record time. The timely delivery of the first car is a reflection of the capabilities, commitment and reliability of Scomi in meeting our key milestones exactly as planned to meet the client's requirements.

Beyond providing an integrated and sustainable urban transport solution, Scomi is thrilled to be involved in the progressive redevelopment of Mumbai's landscape for social benefit. We believe the Mumbai monorail system will provide sustainable mobility and reduce urban congestion while improving reliability and comfortable journeys for commuters.

Apart from being a major milestone in Scomi's global business and enabling us to make inroads into the key market of India, the successful delivery may serve as a launchpad into other potential markets.

We are optimistic that our Mumbai achievement will enable us to accelerate our growth as a world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions especially in Monorail systems.

Shah Hakim Zain
Group CEO


The Scomi Group made good on its promise to deliver its first monorail car to Mumbai, India in record time. The car left its manufacturing facility in Malaysia on 2 January 2010.

This is the first monorail car of a total of 60 cars that will make up the 15 sets of four car trains for the Mumbai monorail project.

Country President of Scomi India, Suhaimi Yaacob said, "The first monorail car will play a pivotal role in the preliminary systems interface testing, which is critical in ensuring that the monorail system runs smoothly."

Suhaimi added, "With our recent recruitment drive in India we have begun the second stage of expansion. We are also conducting special skills training in the area of operations and maintenance to ensure a quality workforce with well-equipped technical capabilities before the inaugural monorail service in India by the end of this year."

There is much anticipation about the Mumbai monorail system in providing sustainable mobility and reducing urban congestion while improving reliability and journey comfort for commuters.


Six journalists from six leading media publications in India visited Malaysia for a first hand look at Scomiís successful monorail achievements in Kuala Lumpur. They were here from 10-13 January 2010.

While here representatives from Scomi took the media delegation on a tour of the city's transportation infrastructure and briefed them on the unique selling propositions of the monorail as a viable public transportation system to ease congestion in the city.

Their visit also included a guided tour of Scomi's state-of-the-art facility in North Kuala Lumpur, a Rapid bus ride and a monorail ride. Kanesan Veluppillai - President, Scomi International was on hand to receive the delegation.

Aside from soaking up all the relevant information on monorails, the delegation also got a closer look at Scomi Malaysia's involvement in urban transportation, our first monorail project in Mumbai as well as all the varied businesses of the Scomi Group, both at the local and global level.

Later the delegation was briefed about the setting-up of Scomi's local office in India where the hiring of local Indian talent was carried out. The journalists were also informed about plans for the setting up of the monorail coach factory in India targeted for 2011 as well as plans for the establishment of a low floor CNG bus factory there.

Matters of work aside, the journalists enjoyed sightseeing in Putrajaya, Malaysia's administrative capital as well as tours of the city's famous landmarks.

The media that were represented were the Times of India, DNA, Deccan Herald, NDTV Profit, Hindustan Times and The Telegraph.


(Photo Caption: Kanesan Veluppillai updating the Malaysian Prime Minister about the recent developments in the Mumbai monorail project. Country President of Scomi India, Suhaimi Yaacob is at the far left.)

Prime Minister of Malaysia, Honourable Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak arrived in New Delhi on January 19 for a five-day state visit accompanied by a high-powered delegation comprising Malaysian ministers from the Ministries of Trade, Works and Human Resource and Education, lawmakers, business delegates and other officials.

In Delhi, Scomi hosted the business forum - 'Malaysia- India Economic Relations: the Way Forward', which was jointly organised by the 3 apex business chambers in India - CII, FICCI and ASSOCHAM.

There to brief the Malaysian Premier on Scomi's involvement in the Mumbai Monorail Project was Scomi Group's Chief Executive Officer, Shah Hakim Zain, Kanesan Veluppillai - President, Scomi International, Suhaimi Yaacob - Country President Scomi India and other senior Scomi officials.

In Chennai, Scomi were the principal sponsors of the Partnership Summit 2010 held on 23 January. During his visit the Malaysian Prime Minister stressed on stronger trade relations between India and Malaysia and the need for speeding up the signing of comprehensive economic cooperation agreements between the two countries.


India's first monorail car delivered by Scomi Malaysia to Mumbai had its much-anticipated dry run on 26 January 2010, the same day as India's 60th Republic Day. The half-kilometre trial run began at Wadala and ended at Bhakti Park.

The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, the Honourable Ashok Chavan flagged off the test run which was attended by senior officials from Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and the project teams of L&T and Scomi. According to Ratnakar Gaikwad, Commissioner of the MMRDA, the beams of the monorail track passed the test for strength and tolerance with flying colours.

To celebrate the success of the trial run of Mumbai's first monorail car and to honour the auspicious occasion of the National Republic Day, the officials driving the monorail opened the monorail car door during the trial run and waved the Indian national flag to the audience. 45 members of the media and a large number of local citizens came to witness the trial run.

Commenting on the trial run of the first monorail car in Mumbai, Mr. Suhaimi Yaacob, Country President of Scomi India said, "Scomi is privileged to present the country's first monorail car for its test run on the auspicious occasion of India's Republic Day. It is a proud moment for all of us at Scomi as the successful trial reflects the considerable efforts made by our Mumbai and entire international team in Malaysia in making this first step an accomplishment."

"This test run of the monorail car in Mumbai reiterates our commitment towards meeting our key milestones as per our client's requirements. Additionally, it also highlights the expertise and reliability of Scomi in providing high-class urban transit systems. We are now steadily working towards facilitating the commuters of Mumbai with sustainable mobility, reduced urban congestion, improved reliability and a comfortable journey through our monorail project," said Mr. Suhaimi Yaacob.

Scomi Engineering Bhd ("Scomi Engineering") and its consortium partner Larsen & Toubro ("L&T") secured the USD 545.02 million / RM1.846 billion Mumbai Monorail Project in November 2008. Scomi Engineering and L&T are given 30 months to complete the first Monorail project in India. For this contract, Scomi will deliver a total of 60 cars to make up 15 sets of 4 car trains.

The Mumbai monorail project which is expected to be completed by 2011 is a 20-kilometre route between Jacob Circle and Chembur with one central depot and about 18 user-friendly and highly secured stations. Each monorail with four coaches will have a capacity to accommodate about 600 passengers thereby carrying nearly three hundred thousand commuters on a daily basis in the proposed route. Additionally, the Mumbai Monorail is also a green project as Scomi saves 200 tonnes of CO2 a day on the monorail. The structure doesn't obstruct much sunlight and doesn't trap excessive emissions apart from being quieter than other modes of transportation.


Although the Delhi government was eager to be the first to bring the Monorail and Light Rail Transit (LRT) to its capital, it was Mumbai, India's financial capital instead that beat Delhi to it.

With the first monorail car already delivered by Scomi to Mumbai, the first trial run has already been conducted on the specially created 400-metre track near Wadala in central Mumbai.

Scomi is in the midst of constructing a 20-kilometre monorail in Mumbai between Jacob Circle in Central Mumbai and Chembur. There are nine points along the congested route where the monorail would tackle sharp bends. At eight points, it will cross the Metro and the Mumbai local.

A part of the section is expected to be opened for public use by the end of 2010.

Mumbai's local train currently serves as the backbone to the city's transportation needs while buses cater to areas where the local train service is not available. The Monorail and Metro (which is also under construction) will further strengthen the public transport system of Mumbai.

Like Mumbai, Delhi too, is a case fit for multi-modal transit systems. With the Delhi Metro providing a link between east and west and north and south Delhi, the monorail would further improve the transport system in the capital.

The Delhi government has plans for three routes for the monorail - Budh Vihar (near Rohini) and Red Fort, Kalyanpuri (East Delhi) and Red Fort, and Delhi University and Gulabi Bagh (North Delhi). The 45-odd kilometres of monorail is expected to cost about Rs 7,000 crore. However due to the huge investment, the project has been postponed for the time being.

Scomi has also built 8.6 kilometres of monorail in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia that caters to 20 million commuters.



Malaysian Firm Eyes Rail Project


Test-run of Mumbai's monorail successful; Phase I expected to be commissioned in 2010


Echoes Of Mumbai In Kuala Lumpur


City Cheers As Monorail Runs On Wadala Stretch


India's First Monorail Car Brought By Scomi Successfully Tested In Mumbai


Mumbai Monorail Project Looks To Reduce CO2 Emissions


Trial Run Of Country's 1st Monorail In Mumbai


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