Days before the anticipated inauguration of Mumbai’s first monorail, from Chembur to Wadala, authorities identified a few loopholes that need to be plugged in a meeting between the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) and Greater Mumbai Disaster Management Authority (GMDMA).
“We gave our suggestions in areas where safety aspects can be improved. We found that there has to be better local coordination between the operators of the monorail and the other authorities at the ground level, such as the local police and fire stations. There are seven stations in the first phase of the monorail, so we have looked at security and safety issues in crisis scenarios. For example, if the car stops in the middle of the rakes at a high altitude, the ways to avert a further crisis and safely evacuate the commuters were some of the situations we looked at in the meeting,” said BMC chief Sitaram Kunte.
The GMDMA has sought the creation of the post of an incidence officer, who will be the coordinator for all emergency support functions.
It was also noted that the control rooms of the monorail operators should be linked to other emergency control rooms in Mumbai. In case of dislocation of services on the monorail, authorities have asked for detailed planning of exigency bus services, which can be put into action by the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transportation (BEST).