Mumbai: Commuters now can track live updates of the monorail, on their smart phones, similar to Ola and Uber private radio taxis. According to the Mumbai Metropolitian Region Development Authority (MMRDA), the global positioning system (GPS) will be attached in the mono rakes that are currently in service. The GPS device will be used to track the vehicle movement and determine its location. Currently, seven mono rakes are in use. The authority will be purchasing 10 new rakes, for which a tender has already been floated.
An MMRDA official said, this smart system is expected to come in use within two months. “Initially the test will be conducted on a pilot project basis. Once the mobile application is developed, it will be made public. The aim is to make this public transport service seamless and commuter-friendly,” remarked the official.
Meanwhile, the authority has also floated a tender for setting up a simulator to train mono drivers like aircraft pilots. On the 19.54 kilometres route from Jacob Circle–Wadala Depot–Chembur, the monorail services run at an interval of 22 minutes between 6 am to 10 pm. After the commencement of the Phase-2 (Jacob Circle– Wadala depot) in March.