According to statistics available with the Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA), more than 22,000 people throng the stations on Sunday, for a view of the city in the air-conditioned trains.
On Shivaji Jayanti on February 19, there were 20, 226 people who came for a joyride in the country’s first monorail. The turnout on Sunday was more than expected, said an official from Scomi.
The crowd mainly comprised of kids and youngsters who travelled to terminating platforms. There were several teenagers who had come all by themselves to enjoy the ride. Komal Ghosla, 13, from Chembur said, “I and my friends have come here for a ride as it was close to our home. We had a holiday today so we decided to take a ride here. I especially enjoy when it takes turns.”
Over the week from February 16 to 22nd ,a total of 1,12,809 people travelled in the trains. During the period there were 475 trips made. During which the MMRDA generated
Rs 10,50, 340.
Meanwhile, within three weeks of the inauguration, there were lapses reported in the security at these stations. Metal scanners placed at the exit points on the concourse were switched off. Both terminating stations – Chembur and Wadala – had metal scanners that were switched off as the passengers passed through it.
PRO, MMRDA, Dilip Kawatkar said, “I was not informed about any such thing from the employees. However, we will look into it and make sure that such a lapse is not repeated.”
The token vending machines proved to be another headache for the passengers. The token vending machines at Wadala and Chembur were either non-functional or did not issue token unless given exact change. An employee with Scomi said, “These machines do not return change. If a passenger puts in A Rs 100 note for a single token the machine will issue the token but not return the remaining balance.” Several passengers have been complaining of cash being stuck in the machines.