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Monorail plan for City Centre project

india Updated: Nov 01, 2006 02:05 IST
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Haryana government has a monorail project in place for its Golden Triangle City Centre (GTCC) project in Sector 29. The centre will have both Metro and monorail connectivity. The government also plans to make it vehicle-free.

The consortium company of East China Architecture and Design Institute (ECADI) and India based Fairwood Consultants that is designing the proposed City Centre, has proposed the introduction of monorail or trams – the Light Rail Transit System (LRTS) for local commutation.

HUDA Administrator SP Gupta said that the idea behind proposing monorail or any other similar mode of transport in GTCC was to introduce integrated transport system for people visiting this place.

"The objective is to minimise noise and air pollution. We want the visitors to walk less. We also plan to construct a number of multi-level parking lots so that the visitors could leave their own vehicles there and use alternate mode of transport for local commutation," the HUDA Administrator added.

According to a source, the consortium company has submitted Technical & Economical Feasibility Report (TEFR) with TCP department in which it had proposed introduction of either monorail or LRTS such as trams.

The road length between RITES building and Signature Tower, where GTCC is proposed to be coming up, is about 1.75 km.

The area of GTCC is quite large measuring about 380 acres and would have world-class entertainment, retail, business facilities such as malls, multiplexes, hotels, state-of-the-art commercial and office complexes.

It would have next to it the main bus stand of the city.

According to officials, the Metro train alone would not be able meet the demand.

"The consortium company has proposed about 5.5 km long track for of monorail or trams – the Light Rail Transit System (LRTS) for local commutation on the lines of Kuala-Lampur and Sydney. GTCC would have designated parking lots where the visitors would be required to park their vehicles. For local commutation they would have alternatives such as Monorail or trams," the official added.

These modes of transport require very less space. For example, monorail runs on a beam of the size of two by two feet on the elevated track, said the official.   

The secretary of Town & Country Planning department, Haryana Government, Shakuntala Jakhu told the Hindustan Times that her department was seriously considering various modes of local commutation in GTCC. "We are working on it though it's yet to be finalised," she said.

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