India’s first monorail is likely to be thrown open for public in the last week of December.
“We are trying to start the Wadala-Chembur corridor in December,” said UPS Madan, commissioner, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).
Sources at Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority said that it would not be possible to commission the corridor when the winter assembly session was in progress in Nagpur. Therefore, the likely dates of inauguration are either December 27 or 28.
For the past one month SMRT, a consultant and certifying agency, was monitoring trials and tests at the Wadala-Chembur monorail corridor and they have submitted a report on this to the development authority.
The report has recommended some technical modifications to the rail system. It is only after making those changes will MMRDA proceed towards opening the route.
Once the 8.8 km Chembur-Wadala route is ready, the focus will shift to the Wadala-Jacob Circle route (Phase-II), which is likely to be completed by the end of next year.
The initial deadline for completion of the first phase was December 2010. There have been nine revisions of this deadline so far.
On February 9, 2009, the bhoomipujan of monorail was performed at Chembur by then chief minister Ashok Chavan.