Mumbai: Monorail snag holds up road traffic

The first phase of monorail was between Chembur and Wadala Depot, a distance of 8.93 kms.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: October 9, 2016 2:46 am
mumbai, mumbai monorail project, mumbai monorail, mumbai chembur monorail, wadala monorail, mumbai news, indian express news On Saturday, the conductor rail, a separate track that provides electric power to the monorail, got dislocated and fell halfway over the bridge in Currey Road area. (Source: Express Photo by Ganesh Shirsekar)

Traffic on Currey Road had to be diverted for almost entire Saturday after an under-construction section of the monorail’s phase II faced technical problems on Saturday afternoon. The 10.6 km long phase II between Wadala to Jacob Circle had a successful trial run in August this year.

On Saturday, the conductor rail, a separate track that provides electric power to the train, got dislocated and fell halfway over the monorail bridge in Currey Road area. According to additional metropolitan commissioner Sanjay Khandare, the repair work was immediately initiated. “It is not a serious problem. Just as a precautionary measure, the traffic has been diverted to another road to avoid any accidents. Repair work is underway to fix the problem,” he said.

The incident happened around noon following which the road remained shut for the entire day. “Traffic in and around Lalbaug and NM Joshi Marg has been slow-moving. The congestion will continue until the road is opened up,” a traffic police official said.

The first phase of monorail was between Chembur and Wadala Depot, a distance of 8.93 kms. According to officials, over 90 per cent civil construction work for the second phase is now complete. The trial runs on the entire 20 km route from Chembur to Jacob Circle is expected within a month as the deadline for the start of services on the full route is close to early next year.

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