Perhaps the best thing about being in Delhi is the ease of travelling by public transport. The web of buses, metros, autos and e-rickshaws is intricately intertwined for the best public transport experience. Now, Delhiites will get a new, futuristic way to traverse in the city.
Termed as Metrolite, this mean of transportation is a spin on your average overhead and underground metro tracks. Unlike conventional metro routes, Metrolite will run alongside the road, much like the trams in Kolkata.
To put it simply, Metrolite is a concept and an idea that aims to introduce a whole new way of city traversal in Delhi. Metrolite is a light rail project that runs at road level and has an elevated track at intersections and crossings. The Metrolite track will be fenced on either side, so as to help with traffic and safety issues.
It is unlike usual metros as it just 3 coaches and is made for shorter distances. As of now, only a proposal for this project has been put up to the Delhi government.
The Metrolite route will come up in two phases, one of which is the Rithala to Narela corridor and the other being a corridor from Kirti Nagar to Dwarka ECC (Exhibitioncum-Convention Centre) in Sector 25.
The metro routes will cover a distance of 21.7 kilometres and 19 kilometres, respectively.
The Metrolite trains serve a different purpose as compared to metros or buses. Metrolite trains will fill the gap in between metro and bus journeys and will take passengers along areas that currently remain unconnected.
Each of the trains will have 3 coaches, thereby having the capacity to fit about 300 passengers on a train. As of now, 22 Metrolite coaches will be procured, though there is no official confirmation from the Delhi government regarding this project.
Metrolite trains also boast a few other salient features. For one, the trains will cut down costs by 50% and will run at a speed of 35 kilometres per hour. The total cost to make both these metro routes will come to a total of about ₹5,585 crores (as reported by Times of India).
Metrolite is a concept that has been quite a hit in many European and fully developed countries and cities. With the installation of this technology here in India, it will mark a milestone in Delhi's developmental journey and will also give travellers a new way to traverse the city.