Monorail rises in East, work starts in 2 months

Work on city's first monorail project is set to start within two months, bringing in the new-age public transport system for the congested areas of East Delhi. The 11-km-long monorail corridor will connect Shastri Park to Trilokpuri through 10 other stations.

Delhi Transport Minister Ramakant Goswami said: "The monorail project would be a major achievement in providing a mass transit connectivity. This arrangement will transform the area and cater to different parts of East Delhi. We are expecting the work to start in a couple of months and the line will be operational by early 2017."

Goswami said the monorail has several advantages over regular Metro when it came to serving congested areas.

The detailed project report for the project was reviewed by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and submitted to the Delhi government for implementation. RITES Ltd had carried out the techno-economic feasibility study for the project and drawn up the detailed project report.

The alignment of the proposed corridor was inspected by Goswami, Delhi Metro MD Mangu Singh and area MP Sandeep Dikshit on Wednesday.

The monorail project will connect several densely populated areas like Gandhi Nagar, Kailash Nagar, Geeta Colony, Jheel Khureja, Krishna Nagar Extension, Khureji Khas, Guru Angad Nagar East, Scope Minar, Laxmi Nagar, Guru Nanak Nagar, Ganesh Nagar, Mandawli, Trilokpuri and Kalyanpuri.

At present, these areas depend on DTC and cluster buses.

To ensure a wider reach, three interchanges have been provided at Shastri Park, Nirman Vihar and Trilokpuri monorail stations. At these stations, a commuter can get on to the Delhi Metro network.

Shastri Park station will connect to Metro's Dilshad Garden to Rithala line

Nirman Vihar station will provide access to Anand Viharto Dwarka Metro

Trilokpuri station will give a link to the upcoming Trilokpuri Metro station on Mukundpur to Yamuna Vihar line.

Officials said there will be a common payment counter for both monorail and Metro at the interchange stations.

"The integration of monorail and Metro would be smooth and seamless. The arrangement would be such that the interchange of the monorail connects to the payment counter of the Metro. We are also planning common ticketing for the two," Singh said.

Three-coach monorail trains will run at a frequency of 4.5 minutes in the initial stage. The frequency will be increased to 2.5 minutes later. Similar to Delhi Metro, monorail trains will also run at a speed of 80 kmph. The fare, too, is expected to be similar to that of Metro, an official said.

The expected daily ridership on the corridor is around 1.5 lakh passengers.

The closed packed areas of East Delhi will be a challenge for the construction of monorail. Stretches like Raja Ram Kohli Marg, Geeta Colony and Ganesh Nagar have been identified as among the busiest on the route.

"Monorail will be a technological feat. We will deploy techniques so that vibrations are not felt by the dwellers. Arrangements with the traffic police will be made to ensure minimum traffic disruption," Singh said.

"Monorail would be a boon for comfort and convenience of the commuters. It would help discourage private vehicles," Dikshit said.

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