Presently, the Monorail shoulders the lowest passenger load among all other means of public transport in Mumbai.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority has decided to induct 10 new rakes on the Mumbai Monorail corridor to bolster its overall efficiency, connectivity & ridership. As per reports, the newly procured 'Made in India' rakes will help improve the frequency of services on the 19.54-km monorail stretch, reflecting a direct impact on its commuter footfall. Presently, the monorail shoulders the lowest passenger load among all other means of public transport in Mumbai.
17 trains to help achieve a 6-minute monorail train frequency
In a meeting held last month, the MMRDA moved a ₹590 crore tender to the Medha Servo Drives Private Limited to manufacture 10 indigenous monorail rakes. The step will help the Development Authority to commission more services on the Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk-Wadala-Chembur route and chalk out its connectivity with the metro rail. Once operational, the monorail will reduce the headway and ramp up ridership, simultaneously informed the MMRDA Chief.
While the Mumbai Monorail started full-fledged operations in March 2019, the unavailability and a limited number of rakes have kept the service irregular. According to the initial plan, each service was slated to run at 4-5 minute intervals, which eventually went up to 18 minutes as per official records. This frequency is sometimes staggered to about 30 minutes in case of functional issues and thus, people resort to other commute options.
A 6-minute frequency can be achieved here once the entire fleet of 17 trains becomes functional, informed an official. This will help increase the footfalls in the monorails. As per reports, the monorail has been able to log up to 5,000 ridership every day, post the pandemic induced lockdown.