The Government of the Republic of Mauritius has approved the Mauritius Light Rapid Transit (MLRT) project to proceed to Stage 2 - Delivery.
Aurecon, as part of a Singapore Government team, is undertaking the role of Transaction Management and Transaction Advisor role for the project procurement following on from their successful completion of Stage 1 of the project including the project planning, transportation modelling, business case and implementation plan.
A rapidly growing economy, increasingly unsustainable car ownership and limited travel options in terms of public transportation services is causing considerable road congestion during peak traffic periods in and around Port Louis, Mauritius.
To overcome this we developed a project solution that involved a world-class public transportation light rail transit project to serve commuters and the general public travelling between Curepipe and Port Louis, a distance of roughly 26 km. The MLRT project aims to address these challenges in the public transport system through the delivery of a light rapid transit system, including bus-rail interchanges, local stations, depot and major roadworks to accommodate the light rail system.
Following on from the Market Sounding and Expression of Interest (EOI) phase, shortlisted bidders have now been invited for a Request for Proposal (RFP) to design, build, finance and operate the MLRT project for the Government of Mauritius.
The MLRT project is likely to be the largest and most costly infrastructure project undertaken in Mauritius to date. The commercial interest in the project and the opportunities it presents will be significant for this emerging country, with associated property development and commercial opportunities worth hundreds of millions of dollars as a direct result of the project. In addition, indirect opportunities will include increased commercial and residential property values in adjacent areas.
Providing a meaningful and well-planned public transport alternative for commuters and for the broader travelling public is seen by the Government of Mauritius as vital in ensuring that all elements are in place to support and sustain an ambitious developmental and economic growth strategy.
Aurecon is very proud to be a part of this project, especially as our involvement is in line with Aurecon's business strategy of growing in emerging economies and making a real difference in the communities in which we work.