Almost a decade after the foundation stone for 19.48 km long Mumbai Monorail was laid, CM Devendra Fadnavis inaugurated the second phase of India’s first monorail project on Sunday, to make the train fully function for Mumbaikars.
The Mumbai Monorail connects Chembur and Jacob Circle in two parts, of which, the 8.24-km-long first phase from Wadala to Chembur has been operational since 2014. The second phased inaugurated on Monday (February 4, 2019) connecting 11.24 km distance from Wadala to Sant Gadge Chowk near Jacob Circle completes the entire line, making India’s first monorail project fully operational. After being inaugurated by CM Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday, the entire new corridor became operational and open for public usage from Monday.
The opening of second phase adds 10 additional stations between Wadala Depot and Jacob Circle, making it to a total of 17 stations in the entire monorail corridor – covering a 19.54 km long route. The entire project including both the phases cost Rs 3,000 crore, and the plan is to operate 120 services with seven 4-coach trains between 6 am and 10 pm daily. At that frequency, the railway service will be capable of providing commutation to as many as 30 lakh people all days of the week, every year.
Over 27,000 people arrived for the inaugural run of the train and ravelled in the Mumbai Monorail, a part of Mumbai’s Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) rail network. However, the price slabs for the corridor’s second phase would be a little higher compared to local trains and even the phase 1, ranging between Rs 10, Rs, 20, Rs 30 and Rs 40 to overcome the MMRDA operational loss. These fares are expected to incur a total revenue of Rs 3 lakh each day for the government, but the Mumbai Monorail perhaps becomes a luxury that many would not be able to afford each day.