In April 2018, Hill International was part of the consortium of companies, including DB Engineering & Consulting GMBH and Louis Berger Consulting, which was awarded a contract from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) to provide General Consultancy Services for the Mumbai Metro Line 4. The scope of the work will include the review of the designs, construction supervision and project management for the 32.3-kilometre project that will have 32 stations. When complete, the project is expected to cut as much as 75% off travel times.
According to senior officials for Hill International, the construction of the Mumbai Metro Line 4 will contribute significantly to the local and national economy, both from an infrastructural and employment standpoint. Hill International employs more than 3,000 professionals in multiple offices across the world that provide consulting services, program and project management, and construction management to clients from various industries. The workforce ranges from project professionals to architects such as John Hiscocks, the lead architect for the firm’s office in Doha, Qatar.
The Metro Line 4 will run from Wadala to Kasarvadavali, providing interconnectivity to other existing rail infrastructure such as Central Railway and Eastern Express Roadway. Through the metro line, individuals will be able to access various geographical and commercial landmarks in the city of Mumbai and it will serve as a viable alternative to road transport.
In awarding the contract, MMRDA was fulfilling its mandate to engage in financing infrastructural projects bound to bring development. Established in 1975, the MMRDA acts in accordance with the Mumbai Metropolitan Development Act (1974). The aim of creating the authority was to make the Mumbai Metropolitan Region an attractive economic hub by promoting the development of infrastructure that improves living standards. It is also the MMRDA’s objective to formulate policies and implement projects that bring growth in the region.
In early June 2018, the MMRDA kicked off the construction work of the metro corridor, with initial work focusing on soil testing in an area near Wadala. The authority also began to plan for traffic diversion that is necessary for construction work to proceed along the route. According to an MMRDA official, the testing of soil is an important step that is followed by the identification of electricity and gas utility lines running underground.
Traffic diversion is expected to kick off once the soil testing work is complete. The authority, in conjunction with local traffic police, will barricade various sections to ensure there are no disruptions during the construction of the metro line.
Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Hill International is a leader in program and project management across the globe. It regularly undertakes cost estimating and engineering, quality assurance, risk management, and construction management for clients involved in major construction projects. Since its inception, the company has handled thousands of project assignments with a total value of more than half a trillion dollars.
Clients that engage Hill International for their projects benefit in various ways. The firm’s extensive knowledge of risk management allows it to identify and provide recommendations on how to guard against risk in projects. The global nature of the firm enables it to bring a regional focus to project assignments, which helps in providing clients with a detailed understanding of the factors likely to influence the success of the project. Additionally, Hill International strives to be an independent expert that avoids conflicts of interest in the projects it undertakes.