Date of Post: 4 Mar 2019
Shri Devendra Fadnavis ( Chief Minister of Maharashtra ) flagged off the remaining 11.28 kilometre phase II of the Chembur-Wadala-Jacob Circle monorail network. With this, the entire 19.54 kilometre route of the country’s first monorail system, being implemented by the MMRDA (Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority), is now fully functional. The Schedule of the Monorail shall be between 6am to 10 pm daily where it plans to operate 120 service with a fleet of seven 4- coach trains. The fare for the entire 17-station route, which has been built at a cost of Rs. 3000 crore, has been fixed as below:- Rs. 10, Rs. 20, Rs. 30 and Rs. 40.
- The 8.26 kilometre phase-I, built and operated by L&T (Larsen & Toubro) and Malaysian firm M/s. Scomi Engineering, was commissioned in February 2014.
- As there was limited connectivity earlier , the first 8 km route was not very helpful to the residents but The 2nd Phase will allow passenger to use it for a hassle-free commute.
- The monorail’s annual ridership will is expected to increase from 4.5 lakh to 30 lakh .
- The Chief Minister wants the transport systems including railways, monorail, metro, BEST and the proposed waterways to be integrated.
- Railway Minister Shri Piyush Goyal, at the monorail inauguration event, said his ministry has given in-principle approval for connecting all monorail stations to ones on the suburban railway network.
- Mr Goyal said,”We have taken this decision to connect monorail to all railway stations, subways, skywalks, to ensure end to end connectivity.”
- Speaking at the event, MMRDA (Mumbai Metro Rail Development Authority) Commissioner RA Rajeev said, “At almost 20 kilometres, Mumbai monorail is the third largest route in the world after China with 98 kilometres and Japan with 28 kilometres. Despite several hurdles, we have managed to now finally commission the entire route.
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