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Monorail to start with new fares from March

MUMBAI: Monorail products and services on the entire Chembur-Jacob Circle corridor will start from March 2019, as MMRDA mentioned it will get two more rakes after spare portions arrived from Malaysia. The products and services will operate with revised fares.
MMRDA, which took over operations from LTSE (Larsen & Toubro-Scomi Engineering) in December 2018, will operate products and services on the 20km corridor with five rakes. Service on the eight.8km course (Chembur-Wadala) operated with three rakes.

MMRDA joint project director (public family members) Dilip Kawathkar mentioned, “Services will resume within the first week of March, as we will take a minimum of 20 days to get the two rakes ready.”

The 112 elements, worth Rs three crore, arrived at JNPT final week, however each Scomi Engineering and MMRDA laid claim to them. Finally, MMRDA satisfied Customs officers that although the portions have been ordered by way of Scomi, they have been intended for operations of its monorail.

Scomi had received seven extensions, ahead of which the machine first opened on a truncated course of eight.eight (phase I) between Chembur-Wadala on February 2, 2014.

Monorail chief operating officer D L N Murthy mentioned, “It will operate from 6am-10pm when the entire phase starts. We will run trains at a 20-minute frequency; 130 will run between Jacob Circle-Chembur. We expect a lakh ridership day-to-day, in comparison to 15,000-17,000 day-to-day previous.” There have been 130 products and services on the truncated course too. Murthy mentioned, “Frequency will increase after we get more rakes. MMRDA will glide international tenders for 10 rakes.” The new fare slabs might be Rs10, Rs20, Rs30 and Rs40 in phase II.

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