Bodha said at a press conference in Ebene that construction of the 13km Phase 1 between the capital Port Louis and Rose Hill is now 70%-complete.

The first of 18 CAF Urbos low-floor LRVs is due to arrive in Mauritius in July and six vehicles will be delivered by October.

The Phase 2A section from Rose Hill to Quatre Bornes will open next year, with Phase 2A to Curepipe due for completion by September 2021.

The entire 19-station line is being constructed by Larsen & Toubro (L&T), India, under a $US 572m contract awarded in July 2017. In addition to rolling stock, CAF is supplying signalling, an automatic vehicle location system, a transit system signal priority system, equipment for the depot at Richelieu, and a driving simulator.

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