With the city’s first Monorail line, the Wadala-Jacob Circle-Chembur route, on track, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority is now focusing efforts on the second line, the 30-km Thane-Kalyan-Bhiwandi route.
The second line is likely to cost Rs 4,500 crore and is scheduled to be completed before 2015. “We will be making the proposal for the second Monorail line to the Centre,” MMRDA Commissioner Ratnakar Gaikwad said.
The line, which will have a station at every kilometre, will be implemented as a public-private partnership, and operated by a private group for a stipulated period of time.
“There is limited connectivity in this belt and a project catering to the distant suburbs should be taken up on priority,” Gaikwad added. The Centre is likely to take three months to clear the proposal. MMRDA is targeting December to start construction on this line.
Once the line is complete, MMRDA plans to extend one arm from Kalyan until Badlapur, and the Thane arm until Mira-Bhayander via Ghodbunder Road. MMRDA says this is one of the most congested belts in the city, and expects the number of commuters on
the route to reach 18,000-20,000 passengers per hour per direction.
Construction on the Rs 2,460-crore, 19.54-km Jacob Circle-Wadala-Chembur line is already on, under a consortium of Larsen & Toubro and Scomi Engineering Bhd of Malaysia. Work is expected to be complete by May 2011.
In an attempt to create an alternative network to ease pressure on the city’s extremely saturated suburban train network, MMRDA is planning a total of 188.54 km of monorail, connecting key pockets in the city.
MMRDA recently asked Lea Associates to come up with a master plan for the monorail in Mumbai. The consultant has submitted the plan and recommended construction of eight lines.
The Monorail’s first phase will have five corridors: Seepz-Lokhandwala, Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan, Mulund-Goregaon, Virar-Chikaldongri and Thane-Dahisar, all of which MMRDA hopes to complete by 2015.
The second phase will consist of three routes: Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation Ring Route, Chembur-Koparkhairane and Mahape-Kalyan, expected to be complete by 2021.