Capital to have mono rail by 2017


    New Delhi (IANS) The national capital is to get an elevated Mono Rail by 2017 with the Delhi government giving the project an in-principle nod Tuesday.

    “The mono rail, which is another environmentally friendly mode of transportation, will run in the capital. It is a big project and will cost Rs.1,665 crore,” Delhi Urban Development Minister A.K. Walia told IANS on the phone.

    The first phase of the train will be introduced in east Delhi, which will be a 10.8 km stretch and have 12 stations. It will connect Shastri Park Metro and the proposed Trilokpuri Metro station in east Delhi.

    The route will start from Shastri Park Metro station, pass through Yamuna Pushta Road, Rajaram Kohli Marg, Geeta Colony, Patparganj Road, Nirman Vihar Metro Station at Vikas Marg, Ganesh Nagar, New Patparganj Road, Sanjay Lake to terminate near the proposed Trilokpuri Metro station.

    The in-principle approval was given by Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit at a meeting she presided over.

    Engineering Consultancy company RITES Ltd put forward a presentation after conducting a feasibility study at the meeting. The proposal will be put before the Delhi cabinet.

    “It has been decided that a detailed cabinet note will be discussed in a cabinet meeting to give a formal approval. The mono rail will have stations on nine-metre high pillars,” Sheila Dikshit told reporters.

    Mono rail has also been recommended as a mass transit in Master Plan of Delhi 2021.

    It is expected that initially mono rail in east Delhi will have daily ridership of around 1.5 lakh.

    According to an official statement, the study conducted by RITES Ltd, has recommended a model which will not have any financial burden on the government. However, the Delhi State Industrial And Infrastructure Development Corporation will contribute in equity.