New Delhi: Travelling in the national capital region or Delhi-NCR is going to get hi-tech very soon.
Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari informed on Tuesday that the Rs 4,000 crore ‘Metrino’ public transport project, as part of which people can travel in driverless pods suspended on a ropeway, will set into motion in the next two months.
The minister said the work on the ambitious project is all set to begin as the government has received “four tenders for Metrino project to be built from Dhaula Kuan in Delhi to Manesar in Haryana”.
“We have received four tenders for that and expect the work to begin in the two months,” Gadkari said.
In the first phase, the ‘Metrino’ project will cover the 70-kilometre stretch between Dhaula Kuan in Delhi and Manesar in Haryana.
The aim of the project is to decongest the national capital region and ease traffic.
The ropeway-like system runs on electricity and driverless pods and comes down at designated stations thus removing the traffic burden from already congested roads, the minister said.
While Rs 250 crores are required to build per kilometre of the Metro, the 'Metrino' project needs a capital cost of Rs 50 crores only for the said distance.
Under the project, fully automatic, driverless small pods travel independently suspended over an overhead network which is usually 5 to 10 meters above ground, reported PTI.