By 2016, peak hour per direction traffic (PHPDT) is estimated to be around 7500 and total corridor ridership per day around 1.25 lakhs
Geetanjali Minhas | November 29, 2010
Mumbai’s monorail will be linked to the western, central and harbour lines of the local train network. The Sant Gadje Maharaj Chowk- Wadala- Chembur track of the monorail will be connected with local railway stations at Mahalaxmi on the western, Currey Road and Parel on the central and Wadala Road station and GTB Nagar on harbour Lines.
Covering 10 stations on section one - from Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk to Wadala at a distance of 11 .28 kms and 7 stations from Wadala to Chembur at a distance of 8.26 kms on section two the designed speed of monorail is 80kmph. Its overall speed including dwell time at stations would be around 31kmph. The monorail will operate from 5 am to midnight.
According to Dilip Kawathkar, joint project director (PR) Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority ( MMRDA ), “There is absence of effective mass transport system on these routes. Travel time on section one will be reduced 25 minutes and 19 minutes on section two after monrail is linked.”
By 2016, peak hour per direction traffic (PHPDT) is estimated to be around 7500 and total corridor ridership per day around 1.25 lakhs.
The master plan of monorail for MMR has been prepared by Lea Associates South Asia Private Limited after projections of travel demands in the years 2021- and 2031 after considering future commercial and business centers , region’s potential for redevelopment developing growth centre’s and travel habits.
The company has planned a monorail network of approximately 135 kms from the year 2011 -2031 at the cost of Rs 20,000 crore to be disbursed in phases.
The monorail will be operational on seven corridors, ie., Mulund- Borivali (30 kms) , Virar Railway Station – Chikhaldongri Rental Housing Scheme (4.6 kms) , Lokhandwala - Seepz- Kanjurmarg (13.14 kms), Thane/Naupada - Bivandi- Kalyan (25 kms), Kalyan- Ulhasnagar- Dombivali (26.4 kms ), Ghatkopar-Koparkhairane (15.72 kms) and Mhape – Shil Phata – Kalyan (21.1 kms).
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