The Mumbai monorail currently runs from Chembur to Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk and has been fully operational since March 2019.
Mumbai sets an example of sustainable development by commissioning a monorail rake, which has been built completely by sanctioning spare parts from local vendors in Mumbai, Pune and Chennai. An indigenously re-built monorail unit was flagged off on 16th December in Mumbai by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority. Assembling about 213 spare parts, this refurbishment project costs about ₹8 crores.
Mumbai monorail, Made in India
MMRDA officials have pointed out that the biggest hurdle of this project was sourcing the spare parts. This challenge emerged primarily due to the fact that trains were originally manufactured, assembled and imported, ready to use, from Malaysia. By consequence, the regional developmental authorities did not have the technical expertise over the same. The spare parts of these trains were imported from vendors based in Germany, Korea and Canada.
This technical assistance was outsourced by the MMRDA, who was guided by the professors from the Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI) and Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B), for the testing and commissioning the train. According to the Chief Operation Officer of the Mumbai Monorail, local spare parts were sourced from vendors in Mumbai, Pune and Chennai and an in-house team was constituted for their fitment and the assembly. The indigenous assembly and sourcing has helped the MMRDA refurbish two units of monorail trains, at a cost of 74% in comparison to foreign vendors.
According to the operational pipeline, the MMRDA has decided to add the second re-built train to the city's monorail fleet by next week. This plan will improve the frequency and availability of the trains, from 35 minutes to 18 minutes. With these additions, the Mumbai monorail will operate with a total of 7 trains. Besides commissioning these rakes, the authority has also invited bids to add 10 new trains to the monorail fleet and is anticipating an increases response from local, Indian companies. The Mumbai monorail currently runs from Chembur to Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk and has been fully operational since March 2019.