The city’s first monorail will offer connectivity to all three suburban train networks in Mumbai.
The move, aimed at providing seamless connectivity to passengers, will mean that the monorail’s first corridor on Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk–Wadala–Chembur route will have integration with the Central Railway, the Western Railway and the Harbour line. To ease commute for passenger, the monorail stations have been constructed at a short distance from the suburban railway stations.
The monorail stations near local railway stations will be connected at Mahalakshmi on the Western Railway, Curry Road and Parel on the Central Railway, and Wadala Road Station and GTB Nagar on the Harbour line. “This project is first of its kind which is providing connectivity of mass rapid transit system with suburban railway lines,” said Dilip Kawathkar, joint project director (PR), Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).
The Wadala-Chembur line is 8.2.6km while the Chembur to Jacob Circle stretch is 11.28km stretch. MMRDA claims that the Wadala-Chembur monorail line will reduce travel time to 19 minutes from 40 minutes and the Jacob Circle to Wadala stretch will be covered in 25 minutes instead of 45 minutes.
MMRDA is hoping to complete the first phase of the first line between Wadala to Chembur by April 2011 and the second phase by July 2011.