Kerala’s first monorail in Thiruvananthapuram

August 3rd, 2011 - 4:46 pm ICT by IANS  

Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 3 (IANS) The Kerala cabinet Wednesday asked the state-owned National Transportation Planning and Research Centre (NATPAC) to prepare a feasibility report on the setting up of a monorail system here.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy told reporters about this development after the weekly cabinet meeting here.

The 28-km monorail from Balaramapuram to Kazhakootam is expected to link the Technopark campus and would pass through the central railway station.

“If this becomes a reality, then it would be a huge impetus to the state’s premier IT destination because today it is the traffic snarls that take away whatever advantage Technopark offers,” said an IT official.

According to experts, the monorail facility won’t involve acquiring of fresh land as it is a single rail which will be erected on a track above the existing roads.

According to a government official, the monorail project can be finished in three years’ time once the project is cleared.

The Tamil Nadu government has also planned to implement the monorail project in three of its cities — Coimbatore, Madurai and Trichy.

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