With the deadline to build the city’s first Monorail fast approaching, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority has decided to ship one train each month.
The city's first Monorail, a 19.54 km-line running from Jacob Circle till Chembur, is being built by the MMRDA through SCOMI and Larsen and Toubro (L&T).
They have set the deadline to complete the project by November, this year. Officials also plan to add a dash of colour to the streets by shipping in a pink Monorail.
“We will be shipping in our second Monorail which is pink in colour by the first week of March. Every month a new Monorail will be brought into the city,” Suhaimi Yaacob, Country president of Scomi India said.
Under the present plans, there will be 15 Monorail trains that will run on the route. Each train will have an engine and four rakes with a carrying capacity of 568 people.
The fully air-conditioned monorail system will run four-car trains. The average speed will be 30 km per hour and frequency of service will be every four minutes.
The fare will range between Rs 8 and Rs 20. Initially, the monorail will operate with a carrying capacity of 568 passengers, which will then shift to six-car trains with 24 coaches.
About 15 sets of trains of four-car configuration will operate on the system from 5 am to midnight initially. A consortium of L&T and SCOMI is building the 21km line at a cost of Rs 2,450 crore. The entire stretch will be operational by May 2012.