April 25, 2009 1:55:08 am
As the construction of the countrys first monorail system has begun,the officials are ready with a traffic management plan to avoid any inconvenience to motorists and residents along the 19.54 km Jacob Circle-Wadala-Chembur monorail.
Systra MVA Consulting India Pvt. Ltd,the traffic management firm,has prepared a plan for diversions and barricading on the stretch. Systra MVA has also prepared the traffic management plan for the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar metro rail corridor. According to Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority,the traffic management plan would provide safe movement of pedestrians and vehicles and also minimize the troubles for residents.
The monorail system is designed and constructed by Larsen & Toubro and Scomi Engineering,Malaysia. The agency has acknowledged that traffic management would be the primary challenge for the concessionaire,which is bound to escalate the project cost.
The monorail will have 18 stations. As part of the multi-modal transport system,the monorail is expected to provide direct connectivity to the three existing suburban railways. In monorail,considered one of the modern urban transport systems,the cars move on a single beam in an elevated corridor.
The design makes it possible to execute the project on a fast-track as it requires a small footprint and facilitates implementation with minimal demolition of structures. Other advantages include greater reliability,high manoeuvrability,low cost and an eco-friendly design. Air-conditioned cars add to its attraction along with sleek design.
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