Mumbai: The Mumbai Monorail will finally see the light of the day. The officials from Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS) visited the site for inspection on Thursday to confirm the safety apparatus was in place. Once CRS issues a certificate to Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), both phase one and two of monorail would begin functioning by Mid-march.
The MMRDA officials said a safety clearance from CRS would pave the way for restarting the services. The phase two starts from Wadala station and ends at Jacob Circle station. “The time frame cannon be decided at the moment for restarting the services. We expect the monorail services to begin by mid of March” said an MMRDA official, who is supervising the monorail.
Two coaches of one of the rakes were gutted by fire at the Mysore Colony station. The main cause of fire was due to a short circuit and two coaches of the train was damaged completely. Fortunately, there were no casualties reported in the incident. ” It was an empty train which was heading from Wadala to begin days’ service from Chembur,” said an MMRDA official.
Following the protocol in case of serious failures, MMRDA is set to recommission the system again. “We have installed Close Circuit Television Cameras (CCTV), smoke detectors and proper emergency evacuation system in place for the the entire phase which begins from Chembur to Jacob Circle,” added the official
The fire was not Mono rail’s first encounter with the jinx. It has seen a series of failure since the time it was commissioned in 2014 when it catered to at least 18,000 passengers on a daily basis. The corridor used to run between Chembur to Wadala stations, which is 9 kilometers and has seven stations.
The complete route is atleast 20 km till Jacob Circle from Wadala. “The earlier operational route have been mired in technical snags including power failures, tyre bursts, tyre detachment, opening of the automatic doors while the train is in motion,” added the official.