"A study has already been done for the monorail by DMRC and it started with RITES who did the preliminary study. We have come to the conclusion that we are going to start with 11 kilometres of monorail in the eastern part of Delhi and this will cover areas between Shastri Park and Trilokpuri," she said.
    
"I do hope in the next two to three years, we are hoping that by 2017 definitely, we will get the first monorail in Delhi," she added. Speaking at a Indo-Japan seminar on monorail and Light Rail Transit, Dikshit said that this first line is just a beginning and there is need to identify many more corridors.
    
Earlier speaking at the conference Union Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath spoke in favour of developing monorails in Indian cities.
    
"I have been pushing for monorails because new technology involved is making them much more effective. I am told that monorails can be introduced in narrow width roads. This is very India specific - narrow width roads - because it uses only two wheels," Nath said.
    
Monorails can negotiate sharp turns and are particularly useful in congested areas, he noted. He said land acquisition, which is major hurdle, can be lessened if not eliminated by choosing monorail projects.

(Agencies)

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