The country’s first Monorail service is commencing operations after a delay of over two years. This new addition to the city’s public transport system will be made available for public use on Sunday.
The part that opens today is 8.93 km long between Wadala and Chembur in the eastern side of Mumbai.
• It is in three colours – Pink, Green and Blue.
• The monorail will be linked to major local train stations. So the station at Chembur is connected with a skywalk to the monorail station near it.
• To start with, the monorail will run every 15 minutes between 7 am and 3 pm.
• When the entire monorail project is completed, it will be 20 km long and connect Jacob Circle in south Mumbai to Chembur in eastern Mumbai.
• All coaches of the monorail trains are air-conditioned; each train will carry 560 passengers
. • Tickets are priced between Rs. 5 and Rs. 11 with six stations on the way
. • There will no monthly passes like the ones the local trains, but there will be a system of smart cards.
• The seven stations on the 8.93-km long Phase-I of the Monorail corridor are Chembur, VN Purav/RC Marg Junction, Fertilizer Township, Bharat Petroleum, Mysore Colony, Bhakti Park and Wadala Depot.
• At its fastest, the monorail will run at 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph); the average speed is set at 65 kilometres per hour (40 mph).