The bidding process for the Mono Rail Mass Rapid Transit System in Chennai is in the final stages, according to the policy note of the Transport Department tabled in the Assembly today.

The monorail system is proposed on three corridors between Vandalur-Velachery (23 km); Poonamallee-Kathipara Junction (16 km); and Poonamallee-Vadapalani, (18 km).

The detailed alignment survey, ridership forecast study and geotechnical studies have been completed; the manual of specifications and standard, which dictates the safety and service standards and functional requirements to be met by the developer, has also been prepared.

The monorail infrastructure will augment the road-based and rail-based — Mass Rapid Transit System and the ongoing Metro Rail public transport infrastructure in the city.

The State Government has constituted a Chennai Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority to co-ordinate the various transport systems and the agencies including the Traffic Police, local bodies and the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority.

(This article was published on May 3, 2013)
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