Delhi to get Mono Rail in 5 years

East Delhi commuters will get a faster mode of transport with govts nod to the project

East Delhi will be the first in the Capital to welcome another fast and pollution-free elevated new mode of transport—Mono Rail. The service will provide transport in congested localities in east Delhi where Metro and even buses are difficult to ply.

The Rail route will have 12 stations. DH FILE PHOTO

In a high-level meeting on Tuesday, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit gave an in-principle approval to the project for Mono Rail between Shastri Park metro station and Trilokpuri via Laxmi Nagar in east Delhi.

According to Dikshit, Mono Rail has also been recommended as a mass transit system in Master Plan Delhi (MPD) 2021, and besides having less noise compared to other systems, it will also be aesthetically attractive.

“A study has recommended that it will not have any financial burden on the city government, however, DSIIDC (Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation) will contribute in equity. It is expected that the work on the proposed Mono Rail line will start after all formalities are completed,” the Chief Minister said.

The route will start from Shastri Park metro station passing through Yamuna Pushta Road, Rajaram Kohli Marg, Geeta Colony, Patparganj Road, Nirman Vihar metro station at Vikas Marg, Ganesh Nagar, New Patparganj Road, Sanjay Lake to terminate parallel with proposed Trilokpuri metro station.

Spreading across the length of 10.8 kilometres, the route will have 12 stations — Shastri Park, Kailash Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Taj Enclave, Geeta Colony, Guru Angad Nagar, Scope Tower, Ganesh Nagar, Mother Diary, Patparganj, Kotla and Trilokpuri.

It will integrate with three Delhi metro lines – Shastri Park metro station on Dilshad Garden to Rithala line, Nirman Vihar metro station on Anand Vihar to Dwarka line and Trilokpuri metro station on Mukundpur to Yamuna Vihar line, which is under construction, and provide inter-change facility.

The government believes Mono Rail service will attract commuters in large numbers.
“It is expected that initially Mono Rail in east Delhi will have daily ridership of around 1.5 lakh. The elevated Mono Rail will supplement the existing inter-city transport mode including Delhi Metro, and even DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) favoured introduction of Mono Rail in such congested area. The laying of Mono Rail lines is also cheaper in comparison with Delhi metro lines,” said a senior government official, adding that Mono Rail could be a reality in next five years.

The meeting was also attended by Urban Development Minister A K Walia, Industries Minister Ramakant Goswami, Transport Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely, East Delhi MP Sandeep Dikshit and other senior government officials including Chief Secretary P K Tripathi.

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