Mumbai: Defunct monorail repaired, services increased from 4 to 5 rakes

Mumbai: The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) which is handling the operations and maintenance of monorail from December 2018, has repaired one defunct monorail and commissioned it into services on Tuesday.

Till date, the entire monorail route from Chembur-Wadala-Jacob Circle was operational on four rakes, while six rakes were lying unused in the Wadala depot for the past several years for want of spare parts and repair works. Metropolitan Commissioner R A Rajeev confirmed the development and said that since its inauguration a total of four rakes were put into services. With the repairing of one more rake, the number of rakes has increased to five.

Another official from the MMRDA stated with the introduction of one more rake neither the frequency of trains can be increased nor the timing can be changed, but the newly commissioned rake will be used as a standby.

He added, “Whenever the operational monorail reported any technical glitch until the rake is not repaired the services remains affected for at least an hour. To cover this delay the standby rake will be pressed into services,” said the official. – Staff Reporter

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