First set of monorails for Mumbai ready

Last Updated: Monday, June 21, 2010 - 19:45

Rawang: The first set of four
car trains for country`s first ever monorail urban
transportation link is ready, almost a year ahead of its
launch in Mumbai next year.

The first set of cars for the USD 600 million project
to be used in the system`s inaugural 20 km run were
inaugurated at monorail factory at Rawang here.

Mumbai`s Metropolitan Commissioner Ratnakar Gaikwad
who was present on the occasion said 180 kms of the monorail
track would be laid out by the next five years under
the city`s monorail masterplan.

Declaring that the monorail would "transform Mumbai",
Gaikwad said the USD 600 million project would be the first
monorail in the country and noted that there were plans to
expand the monorail network in other regions.

The Mumbai monorail project which is expected to be
completed by 2011 is a 20-km route between Jacob circle and
Chembur with one central depot and about 18 user-friendly and
highly secured stations.

Each monorail comprises four coaches and will have a
capacity to carry 600 passengers thus ferrying about 3 lakh
commuters daily in the proposed route, Gaikwad told reporters
here.

Gaikwad was here to inaugurate the four car monorail
built by Malaysia`s Scomi Group, a leading provider of urban
transit system.

The four car train will undergo static and dynamic
testing before it goes on a complete circuit run under close
supervision by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development
Authority technical team.

Scomi which is said that the Mumbai monorail would see
a total of 15 monorail trains of four coaches each.

Scomi won the open tender in 20008 to set up the
monorail in collaboration with Larsen and Toubro ltd.

The first monorail coach arrived in Mumbai in January
this year and Scomi successfully carried out the test run of
the coach on a 500 metre test track on Wadala depot.

Gaikwad noted that Scomi needed to talk to its partner
to work faster with the civil work.

"There are issues there, but from concept to
commissioning Scomi had finished in less than two and half
years," he noted. "It is one of the fastest executed
projects," Gaikwad admitted.

The second corridor project would cost at least one
billion US dollars but "will be on a public, private
partnership," he said.

Global tenders would be floated.

"Scomi is good but it still has to go through
competition," he added.

The penalty for the delay in the current project is
USD 100,000 a day.

Gaikwad also added the authorities were seriously
looking at some areas outside Mumbai where LRT mode of
transport could be implemented.

PTI



First Published: Monday, June 21, 2010 - 19:45

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