Mumbai’s R 2,700 cr monorail project route irks commuters



Mumbai: The ambitious projects of the Metro and Monorail, were undertaken by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority(MMRDA) to solve the Mumbai commuter’s woes. The routes selected by the planning authority seem to have irked the commuters as they feel that the routes pass unfrequented areas.

According to the MMRDA, Phase I of the Rs 2,700 crore Jacob Circle-Wadala-Chembur(JWC) Monorail is between Wadala-Chembur, while Phase II is between Jacob Circle-Wadala.

A Chembur resident, who works in an airline, stated that the MMRDA’s Wadala-Chembur route is a flop idea, as there are hardly any commercial and residential colonies along this route. He also believes that the planning authority is likely to face a loss.

The Joint Project Director of MMRDA stated that the decision to implement the JWC line was taken in accordance to a feasibility survey of how many people would use the line. There is adequate and efficient planning involved in charting out the routes for the Monorail, he said.

The MMRDA sources stated that they will consider the responses to Phase I and Phase II of the JWC before starting work on the master plan. This is because Mumbaikars feel that having a Metro network will be more useful than the Monorail, sources said.

The 11.07-km long Phase I Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar(VAG) and Phase II Charkop-Bandra-Mankhurd(CBM) Metro route has also garnered similar reactions from the commuters. They feel that the route will not be of much help as the Andheri Ghatkopar Link Road was only recently widened. More info