Delhi cabinet may clear monorail project today

New Delhi: The 11-km-long monorail project of Delhi government, which would be first such network in North India, is likely to be cleared by the state cabinet soon.

The monorail corridor from Shastri Park Metro Station to Trilokpuri will have 12 stations and the Detailed Project Report has been reviewed and approved by the Delhi Metro which would implement the project.

Various issues relating to the project was discussed today at a meeting chaired by Dikshit which was attended by DMRC Managing Director Mangu Singh.

Singh gave a detailed presentation on the monorail project to Dikshit.

Officials said Dikshit instructed the Transport Department to bring the proposal before her cabinet at the earliest.

They said work on the project would start in the next couple of months and the corridor would be commissioned in 2017 at a cost of Rs 2,235 crore.

Delhi government decided to opt for monorail in order to take public transport to door steps of people in congested colonies where mass rapid transport like Metro cannot be constructed.

Transport Minister Ramakant Goswami Goswami said the corridor would cater to around 1.5 lakh passengers a day initially.

The corridor will have three inter-change points at Shastri Park, Nirman Vihar and Trilokpuri thereby providing connectivity with the existing Dilshad Garden-Rithala line, Anand Vihar-Dwarka and the proposed Mukundpur-Yamuna Vihar under Phase-III of Metro.

The 12 stations on the line are Shastri Park, Kailash Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Taj Enclave, Geeta Colony, Guru Angad Nagar, Scope Tower, Ganesh Nagar, Mother Dairy, Patparganj, Kotla and Trilokpuri.

Officials said the funding pattern for the project would be on the lines of DMRC.