The distant suburbs of the city will now soon get access to a complete new mass transit system.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority has given clearance for building a 30-km Monorail line between Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan at a cost of Rs 3,750 crore.
The 30-km route will have a station at every kilometre and will be implemented on public-private partnership basis.
“In our attempt to improve public transport in the city and its metropolitan region, we have planned Metro and Monorails which will act as support cappilatries to the local trains,” Joint Metropolitan Commissioner Ashwini Bhide said.
The MMRDA had earlier contemplated four Monorail lines in the city the 19.54 Km Jacob Circle to Chembur via Wadala line, The BKC-Bandra East line (9 kms), the Oshiwara-Kanjurmarg Line (10 kms) and the Thane Bhiwandi-Kalyan Line.
The work on the Jacob Circle Wadala Line is on and is likely to be completed by next year.
The 19.54-km Monorail line is being built at a cost of Rs 2,460 crore by a consortium of Larsen & Toubro with Scomi Engineering Bhd, Malaysia.
The Thane-Bhiwandi line will be built on a Public Private Partnership basis and will be operated by a private party for a stipulated period of time.
The MMRDA will call for bids in December. As per its plans, the MMRDA will extend the line from Kalyan to Badlapur.
The MMRDA is contemplating setting up a 10-15 line Monorail network across the city for east-west connectivity. It has already appointed consultancy firm Lea Associates to find our probable routes for the monorail in the city.