New Delhi: In a bid to expand the public transport system and facilitate commuters by providing them congestion free travelling, the Delhi government on Tuesday gave a nod to the Rs 1,655 crore mono-rail project. Nation’s first mono-rail is likely to be operational by year 2017 connecting 12 stations between east Delhi and Trilokpuri.

In a meeting presided by Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, Delhi Urban Development Minister A.K. Walia said,  “Mono-rail would prove beneficial for the areas with no metro connectivity. The environment friendly mode of transport would accommodate 25,000 commuters in an hour.”

As per the proposal the train will connect Shastri Park Metro to the Trilokpuri Metro station in east Delhi on a 10.80 km stretch and have 12 stations.

The Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) has given a final shape to the proposal which was earlier recommended by RITES. In a study conducted by RITES it stated that the project will not have any financial burden on the government. However, DSIIDC will have to bear the investment of the project.

The mono-rail project was slated to begin in 2008 but with the preparations of the Commonwealth Games 2010 then, the project could not take off.

Initially the government was not in favour of the mono-rail project and believed that the traffic and congestion on roads could be sorted out with the expansion of DMRC but with no significant changes in the traffic scenario the government reconsidered its decision on the monorail project.

During the meeting, Sheila Dikshit also informed about government’s future plans of introducing pod taxi and BRT in Delhi.

The mono-rail will run through the  following stations; Shastri Park Metro station, Kailash Nagar,  Gandhi Nagar, Taj Enclave, Geeta Colony, Guru Anand Nagar, Scope Tower, Ganesh Nagar, Mother Dairy, Patparganj, Kotla and Trilokpuri.

Expected to have a high ridership, the fare structure has been proposed in accordance with the Delhi metro fare. Delhiites will have to pay Rs 2.50 per kilometer. On the lines of DMRC, mono-rail network will have an automatic fare collection system with facilities of smart cards and tokens.

JPN/Bureau