Mumbai monorail's second phase to take off by December


By P B Jayakumar

The second phase of India’s first monorail network , Mumbai monorail, will take off by December 2015.

The 11.2-km Wadala to Jacob Circle route will pass through busy Mumbai areas like Antop Hill and GTB Nagar and will stop at 11 stations. The 8.8-km first-phase Chembur to Wadala route was inaugurated in February 2014. The project is almost two years behind schedule, mainly due to land acquisition issues and clearances.

“We have cleared the last of bottlenecks, including a railway bridge crossing near Curry Road and the alignment was reworked seven times due to land issues. With the clearances in place, we are sure to commission the second phase this year”, said Kanesan Veluppillai, CEO of Malaysia-based engineering company Scomi .

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), with a consortium of Larsen & Toubro (L&T) and Scomi Engineering, is implementing the monorail system in Mumbai. More info