Mumbai Monorail to be commissioned by year-end

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 16:05

Mumbai: Engineering major Larsen & Toubro
and Malaysia`s Scomi Group are expected to commission the
first phase of Mumbai Monorail, India`s first such system, by
end of this year.

The Rs 2,460-crore project, an initiative of the
Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA), is
a modern urban transport where cars move on a single beam in
an elevated corridor.

The project involves design, construction,
installation, testing and commissioning from Wadala and
Chembur via Mahul (approximately 9 kilometres) in Phase I and
Gadge Maharaj Chowk to Wadala (approximately 11 kilometres) in
Phase II.

"Phase I, from Wadala to Chembur, is expected to be
completed and commissioned by this year-end. The second phase
is expected to be completed by December 2011," L&T`s executive
vice-president & head -- corporate initiatives, Shailendra Roy
told reporters here.

He was speaking at the monorail`s trial run, which was
attended by Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan.

"The second phase of the monorail is expected to be
completed next year. About three to three-and-a-half-lakh
commuters, mainly the city`s working class, will benefit
from this air-conditioned transport system," Chavan said.

The two routes will have 15 sets of four-car trains
plying at each station after every four minutes.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 16:05

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