The decision to introduce Monorail, as a feeder service to the Mass Rapid Transit System and cater to crowded and narrow areas was taken in September, 2008 by the Authority. The 20 km long corridor from Chembur – Wadala - Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk is not only Mumbai's but India's first Monorail project.
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 M/s. Larsen & Toubro and Scomi Engineering, Bhd Malaysia (LTSE) consortium was appointed as contractor for the execution of the project. The cost of the project was Rs. 2,460 cr. (excluding taxes) and has been divided into two phases. While the first phase from Wadala to Chembur is 8.8km long and the second phase comprises of 11.20 km from Wadala to Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk. The work on Phase-I i.e. Wadala to Chembur was completed and opened for public on 2nd February, 2014.
As, M/s. LTSE failed miserably to complete and commission the Monorail project in time; MMRDA in the larger public interest terminated the contract and took over systems and operations on 29th December 2018. The Second Phase Wadala to Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk (11.20 km) and accordingly the entire line of 17 Station was opened for the public on 4th March, 2019.
- Length of Corridor :
- Phase I (Wadala-Chembur) - 8.80 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
Monorail carries nearly 20,000 commuters per hour per direction and has the capacity to carry 1.5 to 2 lakh commuters daily. Many parts of the city that are not connected by the suburban rail system or Metrorail will be connected by Monorail. Besides, Monorail 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 Monorail 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) opened to public from 02 February 2014. The Phase – II (Wadala – Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk) opened to public from 04 March 2019.
Currently Mumbai Monorail is Operating Transportation services for Public from Chembur – Wadala – Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk with total Length of Corridor of 20 KM.