Mumbai to get India’s first monorail

November 10th, 2008 - 6:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Nov 10 (IANS) An Indian-Malaysian consortium led by Larsen and Toubro will construct the country’s first monorail system here, it was announced Monday.The LT-led consortium, which includes Scomi Engineering Bhd of Malaysia, will implement the Rs.24.6-billion project for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).

The contract involves design, construction, installation, commissioning and integrated testing of the 20-km-long monorail project.

In the first phase, an 11-km monorail line will be constructed from Jacob Circle in south-central Mumbai to Wadala. In the second phase, a nine-km line will be built to link Chembur in north-east Mumbai with Wadala.

The project, with 18 stations en route, will be completed in 30 months. It is expected to ease the congestion in the highly crowded Jacob Circle, Wadala and Chembur areas, apart from providing inter-connectivity to the suburban railways network and the forthcoming Metro railway as part of the multi-modal transport system being envisioned by MMRDA.

Malaysia’s Scomi ranks among the world’s top three monorail manufacturers, offering urban transportation solutions by providing latest monorail electro-mechanical systems and rolling stock.

LT, a leader in technology, engineering and construction, launched a dedicated railway business unit last year to address various rail-related business projects in the country.

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