Giving impetus to its ambitious monorail project, the Delhi government on Wednesday promised to start construction in a "couple of months".
Delhi transport minister Ramakant Goswami, accompanied by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation managing director Mangu Singh and east Delhi MP Sandeep Dikshit, inspected the proposed alignment of Delhi's first monorail corridor between Shastri Park and Trilokpuri in east Delhi.
The 11-km corridor is likely to cost Rs. 2,235 crore and expected to be commissioned by 2017.
Goswami said the DMRC, the agency engaged by the Delhi government to build the corridor, had already submitted the detailed project report to the government and would also make its presentation to chief minister Sheila Dikshit soon.
Monorail is considered to be the most appropriate mode of public transport for over-populated and congested parts of the city.
While monorail is quite popular internationally, India's first monorail corridor, the 8.8-km line between Wadala and Chembur in central Mumbai, is likely to become operational later this year.
Delhi's first monorail corridor will also run through some congested areas such as Gandhi Nagar, Geeta Colony, Krishna Nagar, Jheel and Laxmi Nagar in east Delhi. The corridor will have 12 stations and connect and integrate three Metro lines.
The monorail track will run over the Metro corridors and railway track.
"In its detailed report, the DMRC has proposed to run three-coach monorail trains at a frequency of 4-5 minutes initially. The frequency can be reduced to up to two minutes," Goswami said.
He asked DMRC officials to realign two monorail stations - Kotla and Patparganj - so that it caters to more people.
According to officials, the government may also consider extending the monorail to other parts of the city. "In first phase, we would like to build a corridor between Shastri Park and Trilokpuri in east Delhi.
It has been proposed that the corridor may further be extended to Kashmere Gate ISBT and Delhi University," said the official.