22 September, 2020

Switch Tracks Please

The mono vs metro rail debates rage on

Switch Tracks Please

The monorail versus metro rail debate was sparked off again last Saturday as India’s first monorail transport system made its debut in Mumbai. The train runs between Wadala and Chembur, an 8.8 km stretch which is part of a 19.54 km route opening to the public in Aug­ust this year. Incidentally, when it opens, this will be the world’s second longest monorail corridor.

Meanwhile, as a host of states push for rapid transport systems in their cities, experts are divided as both forms of urban transport offer some solutions but not all. So even as the shiny new coaches ran their maiden run, the Mumbai metro project announced that Britain’s Transport for London would now assist in the construction of the first phase of the metro project.

The project has been plagued with problems since it started in 2008. The first phase (from Versova-Andheri-Ghatk­o­par) was supposed to be complete by 2013  but even the basic civil engineering work on the 11.4-km And­h­eri-Gha­tk­o­par  stretch is far from over. “The...



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