Sneak peek of Mumbai monorail
The much-awaited Mumbai monorail will be inaugurated on Saturday and will be opened to the public on Sunday.
The 8.26-km monorail route will connect Wadala to Chembur in suburban Mumbai.
Vilasrao Deshmukh, the then Chief Minister of Maharashtra, passed the order to build the Mumbai Monorail in 2008.
Construction of Mumbai Monorail started along the Chembur - Wadala - Jacob Circle route in 2009.
The first test-run of about 1km was carried out from its yard in Wadala to Bhakti Park station in 2012.
The fare on the first phase has been fixed between Rs 5 to Rs 11.
Maximum speed of the monorail will be approxiomately 80 kilometres per hour.
Each four-car train can accommodate 568 commuters.
Timings for the initial weeks will be 7:00 am to 3:00 pm, which will be later changed to 5:00 am to 12 midnight.
The services will operate with four coaches having a combined carrying capacity of 2,300 passengers at every 15 minutes.
The monorail is expected to reduce the travel time between Wadala and Chembur by almost half, from 40 minutes at present to nearly 21 minutes.
7,400 passengers are expected to use the monorail during peak hours.
1.25 lakh passengers are expected to commute via the monorail every day.