Mumbai monorail to integrate Metro, local

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By Atul Mathur, Hindustan Times

The opening of the 19.54km corridor between Jacob Circle to Chembur in Mumbai some time later this year will announce the arrival of monorail in the country.

The monorail is an extremely popular transport mode across the world for several years. But it is only now that many Indian cities are weighing it as a sustainable transport system in some of their busiest and congest parts.

While almost 20 Indian cities, including Delhi, Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kozhikode, Chennai, Indore and Lucknow, have been toying with this idea, it is the financial capital that has taken the lead.

The 20-odd kilometre corridor, which runs through the city’s most congested parts, is being taken up in two sections. The 11.28km Jacob Circle – Wadala section is likely to open first — some time in mid-2012.

Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) officials believe the second section from Wadala to Chembur would also become operational by the end of the year.

“While Mumbai’s local train is the backbone of the city’s transport system and buses cater to areas where the local train is not available, Monorail and Metro (which is also under construction) will further strengthened the city’s public transport system,” a senior MMRDA official said. More info

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