India’s first monorail was inaugurated in Mumbai yesterday by Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.
The first operational line is 8.93 km long and will run between Wadala and Chembur in the eastern fringes of Mumbai. Moving at a top speed of 80 kilometers per hour and an average speed of 30 kilometers per hour, the monorail takes 20 minutes from Wadala to Chembur.
Once the second phase is completed in another year, the monorail is projected to carry an average of 7,500 passengers per hour. After the second phase is complete, which will take at least another year, the 20-kilometer corridor that runs south from Wadala to Jacob Circle in Byculla in central Mumbai will be the world’s second-longest monorail, after the Osaka Monorail in Japan. Many parts of the city which are not connected by suburban rail system or Metro rail will be connected by the Monorail. It is expected to provide an efficient feeder transit system benefiting commuters and will offer efficient, safe, air-conditioned, comfortable and affordable public transport.
The project is being implemented by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), along with a consortium of Mumbai-based conglomerate Larsen & Toubro and the Malaysian infrastructure firm Scomi Engineering Bhd. at an estimated cost of Rs.2460 crore.