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Mumbai Monorail
Locale Mumbai
Transit type Monorail
Number of lines 2
Daily ridership 125,000 (Estd.)
Began operation 2010 (Estd.)
Operator(s) Larsen and Toubro and Scomi Rail
Train length 4 coaches
System length 25 kilometers (16 mi)
Electrification 750 V DC

The Mumbai Monorail is a under construction monorail system for the city of Mumbai. It is being contracted by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority and it will be the first monorail in India[1] since the Patiala State Monorail Trainways closed in 1927.



There are four lines proposed. The first two are 25 kilometres (16 mi) long. Out of the two, construction on the first line has begun.

Two lines 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) long are to be constructed after the first two open.

Additionally previously planned Mumbai Metro corridors are also being examined to be made as monorail corridors instead of Metro Rail by MMRDA due to dense and congested areas these corridors pass through, and monorail technology is thought to be more flexible to make its way in congested and dense areas. The corridors are:

Rolling Stock

The rail cars will be Made in Malaysia by Scomi Engineering Bhd. Scomi Rail owns 42% of the contract to build the 19.5km Monorail line [1]

Current status

The two shortlisted companies by MMRDA were Bombardier Transportation, Reliance Energy in association with Hitachi Monorail, and Larsen and Toubro with Scomi Rail of Malaysia. The winner was Larsen and Toubro with Scomi Rail of Malaysia who got the contract to build and operate the monorail until 2029. The developer for the estimated Rs 2,000 crore monorail project in India's financial capital was to be decided on July 16 when MMRDA opened the financial bids.[2] The monorail will have a top speed of 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph) and an average speed of 65 km/h.[1] The cost of setting up the monorail service is roughly Rs 85 crore per km. The capacity of the monorail is more than 500 with four coaches attached and more than 700 with six coaches attached to it. The ratio of sitting to standing people will be 4:1.

Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh on August 13, 2008 cleared the notification for construction of the first monorail project passing through Jacob Circle, Wadala, Mahul via Chembur, paving the way for a feeder service to the existing suburban railway network. The urban development department would publish the notification in the media soon, said officials. Once the notice got published, individuals and institutions affected by the alignment of the project could raise objections or give suggestions within a month.[3]

The 2460 crore Indian Rupees contract for 19.54 km was won by the Scomi Engineering and Larsen & Toubro consortium on November 11.[4]

Construction of Mumbai Monorail started in January 2009 along the Chembur - Mahul - Jacob Circle route.[5].Trials of the train are slated to begin on 26 January,2010.

External links


  1. ^ a b "Mumbai monorail to run in two years". The Times of India. 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2009-03-19.  
  2. ^ Financial bids for Mumbai Monorail project open|date=2008-06-25
  3. ^ Deshmukh makes way for 1st monorail project
  4. ^ Scomi website
  5. ^ "Scomi's Mumbai Monorail Project Takes Off". Business Times. Tue, 10 Feb 09. Retrieved 2009-03-20.  


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