No open-door policy please, Mumbai Monorail!
In the five months since it started rolling, the doors of the rail system have opened twice on its own. On both occasions, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) acted swiftly – by grounding the captains.
The latest incident occurred on May 23, when captain Rohan Sawant was piloting the rake. One of the doors opened without his command.
"While the train was in between two stations, one of the doors on the four-coach-long train just opened," said a source.
Since the monorail doesn't have a viaduct or protection below, if doors open midway, passengers will directly fall down to the road below.
Thankfully, no passengers fell off on May 23. The RST (Rolling Stock train) 7 rake was immediately brought to the operations control centre.
A similar incident occurred at Chembur station around two months ago. In this case, the doors on either sides of RST 8 opened. When captain Morrison Gaikwad noticed it, he closed the doors. Gaikwad is still grounded.
MMRDA commissioner UPS Madan didn't respond to calls.
On Tuesday, dna had reported about a 'Constant-Velocity Joint' fault with RST 8, which just started from Chembur towards Wadala and passengers were asked to deboard the train.
Though the MMRDA has been projecting Monorail as one of its pet projects, it's running on losses, with ticketing revenue far less than operational and maintenance expenditure.
The 8.93 km-long Monorail travels from Chembur to Wadala and back.