Mumbaikars 'ashamed' with city's high-tech transport projects stuck in snag

Oct 08, 2017, 13:28 IST | Rimita Majumder and Rajendra B Aklekar

With the city's hi-tech transportation projects stuck in technical snags, citizens find it shameful that the authorities have not been able to fast-track them. On the other hand, MMRDA is quite sure they will see the light of day soon

Illustration/Uday Mohite

The stampede that took place on the foot overbridge connecting the Elphinstone Road and Parel railway stations, killing 22 people on the spot on Friday, has once again exposed the government's hollow promises regarding the development of Mumbai's transportation facilities and infrastructure. Even as this incident instills fresh fear in the minds of commuters, some of the city's hi-tech transportation projects — monorail, AC local train and BKC's hybrid bus service — still remains a distant dream. After being delayed multiple times in the past couple of years, the services are expected to start by year-end, a deadline that still seems quite unrealistic, given the problems the projects are facing.

AC local train
Expert speaks
Subhash Gupta,
Railway activist
'It's shameful that the AC local project has been delayed so much. The railways should be fined. In Mumbai, all transportation systems should be brought under one organisation. This will help streamline the projects'

Not on track
2012-13: Project announced as part of the rail budget
April 4, 2016: The AC local arrives in Mumbai from Chennai's Integrated Coach Factory
May 25, 2016: Trial runs start
September 2017: The first deadline set to make the train operational
October 2017: The second deadline set for its inauguration
December 2017: The revised tentative deadline

Monorail Phase II
Expert speaks
Ajit Shenoy,
Transport activist
'It's time for the chief minister to take up the matter. When a project is started, it is the government's responsibility to take it to its logical end. Phase II of the monorail should be commissioned at the earliest. It's shameful that the project has been delayed'

Matter of fact
20 km: Total length of the corridor
8.8 km: Stretch between Wadala depot and Chembur made operational in February 2014 (Phase I)
15: No. of times deadline of Phase II revised
December 2016: Month set for completion of Phase II trial runs
March 2017: Month set for commissioning of services between Wadala and Jacob Circle
October 2017: Next deadline set for completion
December 2017: Revised deadline

Hybrid buses
Commuter speaks
Akshay Marathe, commuter
'The BEST Undertaking has already stopped operating AC buses in the city. How can a country's financial capital not have an AC bus service? The hybrid bus service in Bandra Kurla Complex was supposed to start in August, but till date, nothing has been done about it'

Best efforts
2013: Plan to run these eco-friendly buses between BKC and Bandra and Kurla stations conceived
4: No. of years the project has been delayed
June 2017: MMRDA plans to launch five buses
August 15, 2017: The second deadline set for the launch
September 2017: The revised launch date

18,000 Monorail Phase I footfall daily
1.2lakh Daily footfall expected after Phase II becomes operational
Rs 54 crore Cost at which the AC local train has been built
12 Total no. of coaches
32 No. of seats in each bus
Rs 15-25 Amount passengers will have to pay for tickets
Rs 1.61 cr Cost at which each bus was procured

Reasons for delay
AC local train Software issues, trial runs pending
Monorail phase II Safety trials and approvals pending
Hybrid buses Registration process taking time

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