New Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday announced that the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will execute the city’s first monorail network proposed to come up in East Delhi.
The Delhi government had, earlier this year, approved in-principle an 11.5-km-long elevated monorail corridor between Shastri Park and Trilokpuri, with 12 stations on its route map. The proposal regarding the East Delhi monorail corridor was prepared by the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation.
On the DMRC’s Foundation Day on Thursday, Dikshit said the operator of the popular intra-city rail network would also execute the monorail project. “We hope the monorail will be as efficient as the Metro network,” she said.
Dikshit said since Metro trains cannot reach every part of the Capital, the government planned to build a monorail network so that people could use modern transport in areas where the Metro is not available.
Metro officials told Newsline that they did not know the government wanted the DMRC to manage the monorail project. “It was a pleasant surprise for us. Now we will have to fulfil all formalities required for us to officially become a part of the project,” a senior Metro official said.
“The proposal pegs the project cost at Rs 1,655 crore. It was based on a study by RITES that supported the idea of a monorail link in this part of the city,” an official said.
A senior Industries department official said RITES had first proposed monorail corridors as a feasible transport option in its transport development plan prepared in 2005.
“In 2010, it (RITES) renewed the plan and proposed that a monorail corridor could be constructed between Rohini and Kalyanpuri. That project did not really take off,” the official said.
Subsequently, RITES proposed a fresh corridor, from Shastri Park to Trilokpuri, this time integrating it with various lines of the Delhi Metro, the official said.