New Delhi: Commuting through the congested
east Delhi may soon become easy with the city government today
giving an in-principle approval to a 10.8 km mono-rail system
which will be connected to the Metro lines.
The government plans to connect Shastri Park with Laxmi
Nagar via Trilokpuri through a mono-rail having 12 stations
from where commuters can access the system.
The new system is expected to supplement the existing
inter-city transport modes like the Metro. The project is
being developed in a way that the new system makes it possible
to interchange with three Delhi Metro lines.
The in-principle approval came at a high-level meeting
chaired by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and attended by
Ministers A K Walia, Arvinder Singh Lovely and Ramakant
Goswami, East Delhi MP Sandeep Dikshit, Chief Secretary P K
Tripathi and Principal Secretary Chandaramohan.
"East Delhi will become the first in the city to welcome
the introduction of another fast, convenient, dependable and
pollution free elevated inter-city new mode of transport. In-
principle approval was today given in a high-level meeting
presided over by Dikshit," a senior official said.
A presentation based on a study conducted by RITES Ltd
on mono-rail was given in the meeting. It was also decided to
place this issue before the Cabinet to seek its formal
approval to this effect, the official said.
Dikshit said it has been decided that a detailed note
will be discussed in a Cabinet meeting to give a formal
The mono-rail is expected to attract a daily ridership of
around 1.5 lakh and will be able to provide an inter-city
transport service in congested localities in East Delhi where
the Delhi Metro and even buses are difficult to ply.