The ambitious sky-bus project of Konkan Railways Corporation may soon get a new lease of life, with the union government hammering out the draft of a new Act for certification of transport modes not covered by existing laws. The Bill is expected to be placed before Parliament shortly.
A brainchild of former Konkan Railways managing director B Rajaram, the sky-bus has remained in the doldrums for the past six years after an engineer died in an on-site mishap; the main reason though is the want of an Act to govern the unique project. That hurdle may soon be removed, sources said.
The sky-bus concept involves light-weight coaches suspended from an elevated track supported on concrete columns along the median or the side of city roads. Designed to run at speeds up to 100 km an hour, the twin coaches of the sky-bus are six metres clear of the ground, allowing for normal road traffic alongside.
“Two ministries have given in-principle approval; several state governments have shown interest,” claimed Bhanu Tayal, the corporation’s managing director. He said feasibility reports are being prepared for Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Thiruvananthapuram.
The technology is also cost effective and environment friendly model.
Estimates are that while the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) spends R165 crore to construct a kilometre of track, the same for the sky-bus will cost R100 crore.