Mumbai will get its first travelator that will connect Mahalaxmi railway station on Western Railway with Sant Gadge Maharaja Chowk Monorail station, which is the terminal station of the fully-elevated corridor that runs on a 20km stretch up to Chembur.
At present, travelators are only installed inside the airports which are convenient for air-travellers who also carry luggage. Metropolitan Commissioner SVR Srinivas said, “We had thought of extending the monorail up to Mahalaxmi station and upcoming Metro 3 underground station. We are now going ahead with the plans to bridge this distance by travelator. ”
MMRDA will install this travelator at an elevated level. A senior official said, “In future, if we plan to extend the monorail, this travellator will be removed, and a guideway beam placed on which the train can operate. ”
The travelator will be approximately 500m long and will have two tracks of 3m width for bi-direction movement of passengers. A senior official said, “The cost of installing the travellator will be Rs 6 crore compared to Rs 150 crore-Rs 200 crore needed to extend the monorail. ”
Monorail had a ridership of 18,000 before the Covid pandemic though it has the potential to carry two lakh passengers a day, officials said.
Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd is constructing an underground Metro station which will have integration with Mahalaxmi station, leading to an increase in the Monorail footfall. The distance between Sant Ghadge Maharaj Chowk Monorail station and Mahalaxmi Metro station is 700m, and not many people will walk this distance to board the Monorail after coming out of the underground network.