Opinion: Failure of Mumbai Monorail holds lessons for Urban Planners


Opinion: Failure of Mumbai Monorail holds lessons for Urban Planners

On December 14, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) abruptly terminated its contract with the Indo-Malaysian consortium L&T-Scomi Engineering Bhd to manage the city’s monorail.

The authority said that there had been issues such as poor maintenance of the monorail fleet since many rakes were found unfit. This ended another chapter in the sorry saga of a transportation experiment that was doomed from its very inception.

India’s first monorail was flagged off on February 1, 2014, with the hope that it would resolve Mumbai’s transport woes – or some of them, at least. The MMRDA initially spent a total of Rs 2,716 crore on the 19.5 km Chembur-Wadala-Jacob Circle corridor.

Experts had warned even then that it was a foolhardy idea, which would have no practical or substantive impact on the city’s transportation since monorail rakes have low carrying capacity Read More

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