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Monorail to run through Dharavi

The Monorail line linking Jacob Circle-Chembur route with the Kalanagar-Bandra (E) route, will pass through the congested area of Dharavi in Bandra (East).

mumbai Updated: Jan 29, 2010 00:36 IST
Zeeshan Shaikh

The Monorail line linking Jacob Circle-Chembur route with the Kalanagar-Bandra (E) route, will pass through the congested area of Dharavi in Bandra (East).

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), which is building the first Monorail route between Jacob Circle and Chembur, is conducting a feasibility study to determine the route of the proposed connection.

“Dharavi doesn’t have proper connectivity. Travelling in the interiors of this area is a problem. We are contemplating to join the two Monorail lines – Jacob Circle and Kalanagar – through an arm, which will run through Dharavi,” Joint Metropolitan Commissioner Ashwini Bhide said.

MMDRA has proposed that the track linking these two monorail routes will run between Wadala and Bandra (E) station.

“Along with providing connectivity between the two lines, the Monorail will cater to the requirements of the area’s residents,” Bhide added.

Experts point out that constructing a Monorail track through Dharavi will be a challenge as the area is one of the most densely populated in Mumbai.

Dharavi is one of Asia’s largest slum and houses six lakh people.

The first Monorail route between Jacob Circle and Chembur is scheduled to stretch 19.54 km long and runs through Wadala.

MMRDA is also planning to spend Rs 1,125 crore to build the city’s second Monorail route, which will cater to the growing needs of the suburban business district — Bandra-Kurla Complex. The route will stretch from Kalanagar, pass the Diamond Bourse and connect commuters with Bandra (E) station where they can transfer to the suburban railway network.

A techno-economic feasibility study is being undertaken for the proposal.

In an attempt to decongest roads and provide seamless connectivity across public transport systems in the city MMRDA is planning a network of 10-15 Monorail lines. The Monorails will function as a feeder service to the suburban railways and the Metro.

MMDRA has appointed Lea Associates, a consultancy firm, to chart probable routes for a Monorail network in the city.