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Govt: Monorail dream to come true in 2017

First line from Shastri Park to Trilokpuri

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: September 4, 2013 12:52:48 am

Delhi will get its first monorail corridor by 2017. “We are hoping that by 2017 definitely,we will get the first monorail in Delhi,” Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said at an Indo-Japan seminar on monorail and Light Rail Transit on Tuesday.

She said a preliminary study for an 11-km monorail corridor from Shastri Park to Trilokpuri had already been carried out and there was a need to identify more such corridors. “A study has already been done for the monorail by DMRC and RITES has also carried out a preliminary study. We are going to start with the monorail in the eastern part of Delhi and this will cover areas between Shastri Park and Trilokpuri,” she said.

Stating that this was just the beginning and that there was a need to identify many more corridors,Dikshit said,“We are thinking of a long-term solution and need to look at other modes like trams. Metro alone will not suffice to cater to the population of Delhi. We need to look at transport which does not lead to noise and air pollution and helps people live in a healthy atmosphere,” Dikshit said,adding that monorail can access congested areas that Metro and buses cannot.

Earlier speaking at the conference,Union Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath spoke in favour of developing monorails in cities. “I have been pushing for monorails because new technology makes it more effective. I am told that monorails can be introduced in narrow roads,it can negotiate sharp turns,is cost effective and land acquisition will not be a problem as it leads to minimum disruption,” Nath said.

He said the Maharashtra government was building two monorails and Delhi,Tamil Nadu and Kerala were actively considering monorail proposals. “It is important that we don’t just look at Metros but also at how new monorails can supplement Metro systems,” Nath said.

He said in mid-capacity cities it was not sustainable to have Metros and there was a need to explore monorail as an option.

In their speeches,both Nath and Dikshit spoke of the support extended by Japan towards building infrastructure. “Indo-Japan economic collaboration is crucial to development. We are grateful to Japan for their economic cooperation in the Delhi Metro project and the Delhi-Mumbai industrial and freight corridor. In fact,the Delhi-Mumbai industrial corridor is the single-most important engagement between India and Japan for the next decade. Light Rail Transit and monorail can also be a significant area of cooperation,” Nath said.

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