In a positive development for a city starved of adequate public transportation systems, the MMRDA has decided to expand the reach of its monorail project. MMRDA, the nodal agency for the monorail plan, has now proposed a new route connecting Thane Bhiwandi and Kalyan. Tenders for the project, estimated to cost Rs 3,750 crore, could be invited by the end of December. The 30-km-long route, which will have a station at every kilo-metre, would be implemented through public-private partnership. A feasibility study found the project feasible. The MMRDA, whose jurisdiction runs up to Mumbai’s distant satellite townships like Khopoli, Vasai and Uran, has tied up with the Municipal Corporations of Thane and Kalyan-Dombivli for the project. MMRDA, which is the nodal and implementing agency for transport network projects worth $32 billion between 2008-2016, is trying to integrate the larger metropolitan region with the island city in an economical way. The exponential rise in the population of the metropolitan region in the past few decades has necessitated faster development of transport systems. Nilofar Shaikh – NMTV News.
September 7, 2010