Mumbai Monorail: No Second Coming


Mumbai Monorail: No Second Coming

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) — the asset owner of India’s first Monorail between Chembur and Mahalaxmi — claims that restarting the Monorail operations, which has been non-operational since November 2017, will be a complicated task. The mass transportation system aimed at connecting South Mumbai with eastern suburbs requires more than 1,000 spare parts and new trains to be procured along with a new operator to get India’s first Monorail to function.

After missing several deadlines and spending over Rs 2,000 crore, Monorail was finally made operational in February 2014. The operations, however, did not smoothly with several technical glitches reported since the very beginning. Of a total of ten trains, one caught fire while the rest require spare parts to conduct safe operations. While the current operator, which was supposed to procure the parts, hasn’t done it yet, the state government is yet to give a go ahead to start off Monorail operations again. Read More

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