Mumbai Monorail Project
Today, bus services operate in crowded and narrow roads with very low average speed thus reducing commuter benefits wherein buses also add to traffic congestion. Where the systems like Metro or BRT cannot be implemented, Monorail can be easily implemented and can negotiate sharp turns and climb up and down steep gradients easily. The decision to introduce Chembur – Wadala – Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk - 20 Km long Monorail corridor, as a feeder service to the other Transit System and to cater crowded and narrow congested areas was taken by the Authority in its 119th meeting held on 28th September, 2007.
MMRDA appointed M/s. RITES as a consultant for preparation of Techno-Economic feasibility report as well as providing assistance in Bid process management. The Techno – Economic and Financial Feasibility study for the project was completed by M/s. RITES and a notification dated 4th November, 2008 was published by Government of Maharashtra for implementation of the project under Tramway Act. Through global bidding process consortium of L&T and Scomi Engineering, Bhd. were appointed as contractors for implementation.
Length of Corridor :
Phase I (Wadala-Chembur) - 8.93 km
Phase II (Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk-Wadala) - 11.20 km
Project cost excluding taxes - Rs. 2460 crore
Date of Commencement - 14th November, 2008
Design Headway - 3 minutes
Train Composition - 4 cars
Passengers Capacity - 562 Max Passengers
Design Speed - 80 kmph
Scheduled Speed - 31 kmph
Operation Hours - 05.00 Hrs to 24.00 Hrs
Journey Time :
Phase I - 22 minutes
Phase II - 32 minutes
No. of stations - 17 Stations
Details of Project
Mono Rail carries 7,500 commuters per hour per direction and has the capacity to carry 1.5 to 2 lakh commuters daily. Many parts of the city which are not connected by suburban rail system or Metro rail will be connected by Monorail. Besides, Mono Rail will be connected to suburban rail system at Wadala, Curry Road and Chembur. Likewise, Metro-II will be connected at V.N. Purav marg station. The Mono Rail will be an efficient feeder transit system benefiting commuters and will offer efficient, safe, air-conditioned, comfortable and affordable public transport.
The Monorail Phase – I (Wadala – Chembur) is opened to public from 2/2/2014. The Phase – II (Wadala – Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk) works are in advanced stage and may be ready by December, 2015.