Sep 29, 2007

Monorail routes proposed in Mumbai

The first monorail in India will be in Mumbai. Two routes are expected to be ready in the next two years. Although monorails carry only up to 20% of what a metro can, it is easier to set it up when abundant land is not available. Monorail routes can have sharp turns and curves.

Monorail will lesson the burden on other forms of transportation. Anything Mumbai can do to reduce the car traffic and jams will help the standard of living. Monorail is expected to be the feeder of transportation. Experts are divided on its merit as well as priority as a project. Monorail will have 1:4 sitting to standing ratio. The question is whether middle class passengers will opt for it.