Nation’s first monorail to zip through skies in Mumbai


By Manthan K Mehta & Somit Sen, TNN

MUMBAI: Sunday will change the way Mumbaikars commute. The country’s first monorail will roll out of Wadala for an 8.8-km run till Chembur.

With its air-conditioned coaches, access to which will be through smart-card tickets, lifts and escalators at overhead stations, it promises to change the way Mumbaikars travel. A month later, a Metro train will hit the tracks between Versova and Ghatkopar. Work on the Metro began earlier than on the mono, but it is also a more elaborate project.

The inauguration of the monorail will be on Saturday by chief minister Prithviraj Chavan at an event in Chembur. “Initially, the service will be operational between 7am and 3pm. The frequency of the trains and the number of coaches will be increased gradually, depending on demand,” said MMRDA commissioner UPS Madan. More info