Mumbai Monorail Project takes off with a Test Drive of the Mumbai Monorail on 26th Jan 2010.
Mumbai’s first monorail test ride happened on 26th January 2010. The Test Drive of Mumbai’s Monorail was done in the presence of a number of technocrats, dignitaries and the chief minister. Malaysian born S Ponnadurai test ran the light blue rake of the monorail, which arrived in the city on January 13.
Engineers of Larsen & Toubro, along with experts from Scomi, and consultants from Louis Berger, were busy giving the 110-metre test run the final touches for the past few days. The ramp, near Aanik bus depot, stretches over 250 metres.
On 25th January, the barricaded Aanik road was full of motorists peeping out of their cars and taking pictures on their mobile phones of the first monorail, which began test runs late Monday evening. Once ready, the Mumbai Monorail 20-km track will have seven power substations. The Rs2,460-crore project will be completed by 2011.
There are four lines proposed for the Mumbai Monorail. The first two Mumbai Monorail lines are 25 kilometres long. Out of the two, construction on the first line of Mumbai Monorail has begun.
* A Mumbai Monorail line running from Malabar Hill to the Bandra-Kurla complex via the Haji Ali Dargah, Jacob Circle, Wadala Road, Sion Hospital and Dharavi. This is planned to open by 2011.
* A Mumbai Monorail line from Thane to Bhiwandi via Kalyan.
Two Mumbai Monorail lines 10 kilometres long are to be constructed after the first two open.
* Chembur to Jacob Circle via Mahul. This route is planned to open by 2009. (May get extended to Vashi, Navi Mumbai.)
* Lokhandwala Complex to Kanjurmarg via Oshiwara.