Brazil: São Paulo Metro Selects Consortium to Build US$2 BN Monorail

Brazil's São Paulo city metro company CMSP has selected the Monotrilho Integração consortium to build its 3.17bn-real (US$2.01bn) metro line 17, news service Agencia Estado reported.

The consortium is made up of local engineering firms Andrade Gutierrez, CR Almeida and MPE, along with Malaysia's Scomi Engineering.

The metro line will be made up of a 21.5km monorail with 19 stations, running between the neighborhoods of Jabaquara and Morumbi.

Despite CMSP's announcement, the federal government is still holding the project under suspension due to an injunction request filed by Associação Sociedade dos Amigos de Vila Inah (Saviah), a local organization fighting against the work due to planned expropriations.

The suspension, which has been in effect since December 2010, has already been appealed by the metro company without success, the report said.

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