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
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
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
Shah Hakim Zain
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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