City expects second phase of monorail to be consistent
MMRDA on Friday announced the service from Chembur to Jacob Circle with price rise on the cards, construction likely to begin in March first week
Nearly 11 years after the country’s first Monorail was constructed between Chembur and Jacob Circle in Mahalaxmi, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) on Friday announced the construction of the second phase between Wadala and Jacob Circle likely to begin in the first week of March. In light of the technical glitches and incidents that hindered Monorail services, DNA speaks to citizens about what they think should the MMRDA improve in the new phase, which may charge high ticket prices.
Even as the first phase had been in the news mostly for the wrong reasons — like breakdowns, and an empty coach catching fire thereby leading to suspension of services between November 2017 and August 2018 — ever since its launch in February 2014, the MMRDA anticipates the current daily ridership of 15,000 commuters to rise to one lakh.
Following the incidents, the MMRDA took over Monorail operations in December 2018, which was being looked after by Larsen and Toubro, and Malaysia-based Scomi Engineering. Irregularities in the operations under the two came under the CAG scanner. The Monorail services stopped frequently ever since its launch. The MMRDA should ensure smooth service in the second phase. Safety of commuters should also be the priority of the agency. There is no problem if Monorail fare is high provided the service justifies the same. We expect the new phase to benefit more passengers.
Ghatkopar resident transport if for people. Citizens will appreciate Monorail if it runs on time considering it is connecting many places from where commuters will interchange modes of transport. Also, the price rise from Rs 10 to 40 is not an issue only if the services is, as I mentioned before, timely. It is cost effective frequency is good and accessible
The Monorail should start on the second route soon. Only then will it be of any help. If they are charging a premium then it’s fine. But it should be operational without shut ting down in a week and there should be accountability. The monorail will actually also ease a lot of traffic in our area. I hope they start it soon so that we get to have a easy commute. I request some seriousness too unlike how it’s functioning right now
Might be worth while to consider it as part of BEST service, like the ferry at Versova to Madh, so the tickets can be common, and interchangeable. In the sense, one ticket to wherever the monorail goes, example going from Andheri to Mumbai Central, get a bus Andheri to Chembur, and get onto the monorail, get to Saath Rasta, and another bus to Mumbai Central. Monorail should market different route options like this.
The tyre of a Monorail had come off near the Bhakti Park station on August 1, 2016 thereby disrupting services