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

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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

Kan­di­vali res­i­dent

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

Worli res­i­dent

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.

And­heri res­i­dent

The tyre of a Mono­rail had come off near the Bhakti Park sta­tion on Au­gust 1, 2016 thereby dis­rupt­ing ser­vices

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