The Rs 2,460-crore project, an initiative of the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA), is a modern urban transport system where cars move on a single beam in an elevated corridor.
The project involves design, construction, installation, testing and commissioning from Wadala and Chembur via Mahul (approximately 9 km) in Phase I and Gadge Maharaj Chowk to Wadala (approximately 11 km) in Phase II.
“Phase I is expected to be completed and commissioned by this year-end. The second phase is expected to be completed by December 2011,” L&T’s Executive Vice-president and Head — Corporate Initiatives, Shailendra Roy said. He was speaking at the monorail’s trial run, which was attended by Maharashtra Chief Minister.
“The second phase of the monorail is expected to be completed next year. About three to three-and-a-half-lakh commuters, mainly the city’s working class, will benefit from this air-conditioned transport system,” Chavan said.
The two routes will have 15 sets of four-car trains plying at each station after every four minutes. Each coach can accommodate up to 130 persons and is the latest version of the monorail coaches that ply in Kuala Lumpur.
“The project is being implemented on a lump sum turnkey basis. L&T and Scomi will be responsible for operations and maintenance for the next three years, after which the maintenance contract may be extended or MMRDA could take over,” Roy said.