‘Mumbai Monorail will save travel time, decongest road traffic’

Rahul Wadke
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Kanesan Veluppillai, Group Chief Operating Officer (Transport Solutions),
Scomi Group
Kanesan Veluppillai, Group Chief Operating Officer (Transport Solutions), Scomi Group

Monorail will be the feeder service to connect the mass transport systems, like the existing suburban railway network. — Kanesan Veluppillai, Group Chief Operating Officer (Transport Solutions), Scomi Group

The country’s first monorail would be operational early next year in Mumbai. The first round of test runs has already been completed. Kanesan Veluppillai, Group Chief Operating Officer (Transport Solutions) of Scomi Group of Malaysia, the company that is implementing the project with L&T, told Business Line that the monorail would be a green solution to Mumbai’s problem of pollution and chronic traffic congestion. Excerpts

When will Mumbaikars finally be able to use the monorail?

The first phase of the Mumbai Monorail project is scheduled to start commercial services early 2013. Late November, it successfully completed its full phase of test runs between Wadala and Chembur, a distance of 8.6 km. Additional tests on the signalling will also commence. The response of the train at different speeds, and braking of the train for seamless functioning of the monorail system, is being monitored during the trials. The stretch between Wadala and Chembur will have seven stations which are presently in their completion phase. Training workshops for the motormen and other officials associated with the Mumbai monorail system is underway.

How exactly will it benefit commuters, considering Mumbai’s local train infrastructure is pretty well connected?

In Mumbai, it is estimated that over 11 million people travel by public transport daily, of which more than 60 per cent commute by the suburban railway networks. They require a better mode of transportation to reach their destination. Monorail will be the feeder service to connect the mass transport systems, like the existing suburban railway network. It will easily move through the city’s narrow corridors taking tight turns, saving much of the travel time and decongesting road traffic to a great extent. The routes being linked through major areas in the city are set to benefit commuters who travel long distances.

Will it help reduce pollution?

Monorail follows the lines of green transportation, as its coaches move on rubber tyres on concrete beams, creating less noise and vibration during operation, and is powered by electric motors which are silent, efficient and clean. It is estimated to save approximately 200 tonnes of CO2 a day in Mumbai. The four-car trains will carry 568 passengers each, with a capacity for expansion in the future by adding additional rakes. It will augment local railway services and will offer faster connectivity.

(This article was published on December 9, 2012)
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One more monorail slab reportedly fallen today (10-Dec-12), what are
you guys boasting about?? If this is what is happening during the
construction, the day is not far when a pillar falls with hundreds of
commuters in the monorail!

The most fu***d planning even seen! Monorail pillars are constructed
on roads and footpaths. Footpath width has reduced because roads are
widened at some areas, elsewhere the road width has reduced, go look
at the stretch at Wadala market. Antop Hill route is even f***d up,
from a 2-way S.M. road, there is only one-way now. Thanks to Dosti
Acres that there is a bypass.

I bet we will see the entire stretch of monorail working only by 2014!
Truly 'Mera Bharat Mahaan'. On second thoughts maybe that 'Ma' should
be replaced by a 'G' - A Frustrated Mumbaikar

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Posted on: Dec 10, 2012 at 23:10 IST
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