Monorail rises in East, work starts in 2 months

Dikshit

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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