Escalators at Monorail stations by February-end?
While MMRDA is set to wrap up the project by the end of next month instead of March, sources claim the work will go on till the first week of March
The wait for commuters travelling via Monorail, especially senior citizens, to use escalators at stations just got shorter. It has been learnt that Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has decided to finish the installation of escalators at the seven Monorail stations on the Wadala-Chembur corridor by the end of February, instead of March.
Speaking to mid-day, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner B Venugopal Reddy said, “The work of installation of escalators at Monorail stations between Wadala-Chembur is in progress, and we have set the deadline for February-end.”
However, sources from the MMRDA claimed that the work would go on till the first week of March. It should be noted the MMRDA authorities said they were confident of completing the said work on the Monorail phase-I by November, 2014, but they failed to meet the deadline.
Sources claimed the primary reason behind this delay was the non-committal approach of the authorities, who were in two minds whether escalators should be installed or not, since the number of commuters using the Monorail was lesser than anticipated.
Number of escalators to be installed at each of the seven Monorail stations between Wadala and Chembur