The people of Mumbai have got their first New year gift in the form of 'monorail' which started its operation for the public from today. Monorail, first of a kind in India is going to shed quite a load from the jam-packed locals trains of Mumbai which are said to be the lifeline of the city.
With the monorail's launch the country has added another feather in its cap as there are only selected countries where monorails are in operation. Till now it is only operational in the US, Germany, China, Japan, Australia and Malaysia.
This is first phase of the operation in which the train will run between the central suburb of Wadala and the eastern suburb of Chembur. A distance of 8.93 km will be covered in 15 minutes.
The stretch usually takes about 40 minutes in Mumbai suburban trains. The overall monorail project covers a 19.17 km stretch in the Chembur-Wadala-Jacob Circle corridor. Mumbai mono-rail will flaunt three colours- pink, green and blue, adding more glamour to the film city.
The monorail trains are fully air-conditioned; with a capacity of the each trains to carry 560 passengers. The price of each ticket is very nominal, that are priced between Rs. 5 and Rs. 11 with six stations on the way. There will be no monthly passes like the ones on Mumbai's lifeline, the local trains, but there will be a system of smart cards.
On full throttle i.e at fastest the monorail will run at 80 kilometers per hour (50 mph); the average speed is set at 65 kilometers per hour (40 mph).