Attention Mumbaikars! City's first monorail will soon be available between 7 am and 3 pm
Mumbai: The city's first monorail corridor, which will be commissioned next month, will initially be available to commuters for only eight hours a day, tentatively between 7 am and 3 pm.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), the implementing authority for the project, has said it wanted to cautiously roll out the mass transit system as the monorail system is nascent in the country. The Chembur-Wadala route will be directly connected for the first time.
Subsequently, the contractor in charge - a consortium of Larsen & Toubro and Malaysia's Scomi Engineering - will introduce monorail operations in two shifts, while full-fledged operations of 19 hours will not start before January or February next year.
The 8.3-km Chembur-Wadala corridor will be the first phase of the 19.5-km Chembur-Wadala-Jacob Circle monorail.
The MMRDA is hoping to commission the second phase a year after the first phase is rolled out. There will be 15 rakes of four coaches each with a carrying capacity of 300 passengers and a crush load capacity of 568.
The Chembur-Wadala monorail will halt at Bhakti Park, Mysore Colony, V N Purav Marg, Fertilizer Colony and R C Marg.
The corridor is currently being evaluated for a safety certification by SMRT Corp, Singapore's mass transit provider, and a former Commissioner of Railway Safety. The MMRDA is in the process of conducting full capacity trial runs.