High in the sky

By the year end,the city will get a new mode of transport in the form of the Monorail,an elevated structure apt for mass rapid transit.

Written by Express News Service | Published:May 28, 2012 12:06 am

By the year end,the city will get a new mode of transport in the form of the Monorail,an elevated structure apt for mass rapid transit. Six rakes with four coaches each in vibrant colours — blue,green and pink — will ply passengers on the narrow beams from the Monorail depot in Wadala to Chembur near Fine Arts,a distance of 8.3 km.

The all air-conditioned rakes will be able to carry 562 passengers in one four-coach rake and 852 passengers if the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) decides to increase the capacity to six coaches at a later stage. On an average,there will be six passengers per square metre.

The Monorail will be operated at a frequency of nine minutes between Wadala and Chembur and would be run at an average speed of 31 kmph. The system,however,has a capacity to run at 80 kmph.

The seven stations on the line,will be equipped with escalators and elevators,and basic facilities such as public information systems,first aid and security. Passengers would need a valid ticket to enter the platform.

While the fare structure is yet to be decided,MMRDA officials expect the tariff to be about one and a half times that of BEST buses.

Once the line is fully constructed,Singapore’s mass rapid transit operator,SMRT,will inspect the Chembur-Wadala line,which will be the country’s first Monorail route,from the safety point of view.

A Monorail is best suited for areas where mass rapid transit is a necessity,but the roads are too narrow to have dedicated bus corridors or elevated Metro rail structures. At 75 db,the Monorail is also less noisier than other modes of transport.

Once the Chembur-Wadala corridor is opened to traffic,the MMRDA will concentrate on finishing the second phase of the Monorail — from Wadala to Jacob Circle. It is expected that the Monorail will reduce the travelling time from Chembur to Jacob Circle to 37 minutes from the nearly 90 minutes by road.

Photos: Ganesh Shirsekar

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