Mumbaikars are excited that the city’s transport has finally gone hi-tech with the launch of the monorail system and they cannot wait longer to enjoy the ride.
“This is indeed a pleasant new year gift for us,” said Geeta Shinde, who resides near Gandhi Maidan in Chembur (East) where the chief minister declared the rail system open at a function on Saturday.
“My daughter and I are looking forward to take a ride on Sunday.”
Navina Paudyal, a student, said, “I came all the way from Andheri hoping to take a ride. Though I go back disappointed today, I hope to be able to take a ride on the monorail soon. Kudos to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) for this feat!”
The public will be allowed to board the trains that will commence operations at 7am on Sunday from the Chembur and Wadala ends on the 8.3-km stretch.
They have waited long for this day. The project, which is estimated to cost Rs2,460 crore when completed, was started four years ago. It is expected that the remainder 10.24-km line from Wadala to Jacob Circle would be completed by March next year.
“It feels great to see this spectacular progress. This is truly an out-of-the-box initiative taken by the MMRDA. We live in a hi-tech world and I’m looking forward to seeing many more projects like this,” said Jyoti Satra. Satra, an advocate who lives in Ghatkopar, was among the about 1,500 people at the Gandhi Maidan function.
Monorail managers believe up to 1.25 lakh people will use the system daily. To begin with, the services will operate at a frequency of 15 minutes. Each train has a capacity of 2,300 passengers, who will pay between Rs5 and Rs11 for the journey.
Neha Shobit Gupta, a techie, said the monorail would completely transform the way she travels to work. “My office is at Bhakti Park (Wadala) and I stay near Chembur naka, It’s as if the monorail was made just for me. I’m looking forward to my new-found daily transport.”