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Monorail to provide pollution-free travel, says MMRDA

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 00:59

Mumbai: The ambitious Monorail project of
the MMRDA, which aims at reducing the burden on other public
transportation networks, today said that it would provide
`pollution-free` travel.

According to Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development
Authority officials, the Monorail will not only save commuting
time of Mumbaikars but will also save fuel, thus providing
air-and-noise-pollution-free travel.

"Since the Monorail does not require any fossil fuel
for its operation it remains free of air pollution and as it
runs on a narrow 0.8-meter beam with the help of rubber tyres
it makes very little noise," MMRDA Commissioner, Ratnakar
Gaikwad, said in a statement.

The first phase of the Rs 2,460-crore Monorail
project, designed and built by Larsen & Toubro and SCOMI
Engineering of Malysia is likely to be completed by December
this year.

"It is also expected that it will reduce 5,000 BEST
bus trips and 10,000 taxi and auto-rickshaw trips during a
day, as one Monorail will carry about 550 commuters at a
time," Joint Metropolitan Commissioner Ashwini Bhide said.

The Monorail is expected to carry more than 2-lakh
commuters every day.

"Monorail uses regenerative braking which means when
the train brakes, it passes on the electric power back to the
system which can be used by other trains running on the system
at that time. This is about 25 per cent saving in power,"
Bhide said.

The Monorail will act as a feeder to high capacity
Mass Rapid Transit Systems like suburban and metro services
and will add to the public transportation network in the city,
Bhide said.

-PTI

First Published: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 00:59

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