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Monorail to run in East Delhi by 2017

Posted on Jan 17, 10:13PM | UNI

The first Monorail corridor having 12 stations would become functional in East Delhi in early 2017 with an estimated cost of Rs 2235 crore.

The work on the project is expected to start in couple of months.

Delhi Transport Minister Ramakant Goswami today said the Monorail would usher in an era of public transport at the doorstep of people in congested colonies, where it is impossible to lay Metro Rail lines.

Mr Goswami along with East Delhi MP Sandeep Dikshit and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation MD Mangu Singh took a round of route-alignment of the first Monorail corridor.

It would be the first-ever Monorail corridor in North India.

Mr Goswami said the corridor would cater to around 1.5 lakh passengers per day initially. It is proposed that the fare would be somewhat identical to Metro fares.

The 11-km corridor from Shastri Park Metro station to Trilokpuri will have 12 stations with three inter-change points at Shastri Park, Nirman Vihar and Trilokpuri to integrate it with three Metro lines-- Dilshad Garden-Rithala, Anand Vihar-Dwarka and the proposed Trilokpuri Metro station on Mukundpur-Yamuna Vihar line.

Mr Dikshit said the RITES Ltd had carried out a Techno Economic Feasibility Study and DPR for this corridor whereas the DMRC has further reviewed the DPR and submitted its report to the government for implementation.

He said the East Delhi colonies are congested and are becoming more congested with coming up of high rise buildings. The buses are the main mode of public transport. In spite of three Metro lines catering to different parts of East Delhi, there is a need to have another mass transit connectivity in form of the Monorail to supplement the services of Delhi Metro.

The 12 stations on the Monorail corridor are Shastri Park, Kailash Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Taj Enclave, Geeta Colony, Guru Angad Nagar, Scope Tower, Ganesh Nagar, Mother Dairy, Patparganj, Kotla and Trilokpuri.

The corridor would also go a long way in discouraging private vehicles and overcoming the level of pollution at large.