The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has decided to expand its Monorail vista in Mumbai Metropolitan Region on a Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan route. The 30 km route will have a station at every kilometer and will cost rupees 3,750 crores. The project will be implemented on public-private partnership basis.
In the backdrop of the feasibility study for this Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan Monorail route, a meeting was recently held by Ms.Ashwini Bhide with the Commissioners of Thane and Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation, a city engineer and a consultant. For the purpose, the MMRDA plans to invite tenders by the end of next month.
“In the last about 3 to 4 decades population of the city and its metropolitan region has seen tremendous growth, putting the public transport system under extreme pressure. It is, therefore, the MMRDA – in its constant pursuit to improve public transport in the city and its metropolitan region – has planned Metro and Mono Rails which will act as support capillaries to the lifeline of Mumbai, the local trains”, said Ms.Ashwini Bhide, Joint Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA..
The work on Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro Rail and India’s first Monorail – which will run from Chembur to Jacob Circle – is already underway. The second Metro Rail project – from Charkop to Mankhurd – has been awarded to the consortium led by Reliance Infra and the feasibility study for the third Metro – from Colaba to Bandra – has already been undertaken.
In the next phase the Monorail will be extended from Kalyan to Badlapur.