Mumbai Monorail

Mumbai Monorail
Mumbai Monorail
मुंबई मोनोरेल
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Locale Mumbai
Transit type Monorail
Number of lines 2 (under construction)
6 (planned)
Number of stations 18 (under construction)
170 (planned)
Daily ridership 125,000 (Estd.)
Headquarters Mumbai
Began operation 2011 (Estd.)
Operator(s) Larsen and Toubro and Scomi Rail
Number of vehicles 15[1]
Train length 4 coaches
Headway 3 minutes
Electrification 750 V DC
Average speed 65 km/h (40 mph)
Top speed 80 km/h (50 mph)
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Wadala Bridge
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Dadar EAST
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Line 2 Planned (Chembur—Wadala)

The Mumbai Monorail (Marathi: मुंबई मोनोरेल) is a monorail system currently under construction for the city of Mumbai, India. Once completed it will be world’s second longest Monorail corridor.[3] It is being contracted by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and will be the first monorail in India.[4] Construction began in January 2009, and the first portion of the first line is scheduled to be operational by May 2012.[5]



Vilasrao Deshmukh, the then Chief Minister of the state of Maharashtra (of which Mumbai is the capital city), cleared the notification for construction of the first monorail system in India on August 13, 2008. The system will traverse through Jacob Circle, Wadala, Mahul and Chembur, paving the way for a feeder service to the existing suburban railway network[6]

The two shortlisted consortia to build the line were Bombardier Transportation, Reliance Energy in association with Hitachi Monorail, and Larsen and Toubro with Scomi Rail of Malaysia. On November 11, 2008, the winner was announced to be Larsen and Toubro along with Scomi, who received a INR2,460 crore (US$498.89 million) contract to build and operate the monorail until 2029.[7]

Construction of Mumbai Monorail started in January 2009 along the Chembur - Wadala - Jacob Circle route.[8] A 108-meter test run was successfully conducted on January 26, 2010.[9]

In September 2011, the MMRDA, said that did not have an immediate plan to start the construction of a second monorail in the region.[10] They clarified that although it did not mean the are not interested in carrying out the project, it may not follow the currently planned schedule.


There are 8 lines proposed at a cost of INR20,296 crore (US$4.12 billion).[11] The Chembur - Jacob Circle line is the only one presently under construction.

Phase 1
Expected completion by 2015

Route Length (km) Cost
Chembur - Wadala - Jacob Circle (Ghadge Maharaj Chowk) 19.54 INR2,716 crore (US$550.8 million)
MulundGoregaon - Borivali 30 INR4,170 crore (US$845.68 million)
Virar - Chikhaldongri 4.60 INR639.9 crore (US$129.77 million)
Lokhandwala - SEEPZ - Kanjurmarg 13.14 INR1,826.5 crore (US$370.41 million)
Thane - Mira-Bhayandar - Dahisar 24.25 INR3,370.8 crore (US$683.6 million)

The first part from Wadala to Chembur (8.26 km) is to open by May 2012, with the remaining 11.28 km from Gadge Maharaj Chowk to Wadala to follow in July 2012.

Phase 2
Expected completion by 2021

Route Length (km) Cost
Kalyan - Ulhasnagar - Dombivli 26.40 INR3,669.6 crore (US$744.19 million)
Chembur - Ghatkopar - Kopar Khairane 16.72 INR3,686.3 crore (US$747.58 million)
Mahape - Shil Phata - Kalyan 21.10 INR2,932.9 crore (US$594.79 million)


The monorail will have a top speed of 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph) and an average speed of 65 kilometres per hour (40 mph).[4] The cost of setting up the monorail service is roughly INR85 crore (US$17.24 million) per km. The capacity of the monorail is more than 500 with a four coach consist, and more than 700 with six coaches. The ratio of sitting to standing passengers is expected to be 4:1.

The rail cars are to be built in Malaysia by Scomi Engineering Bhd. Scomi Rail owns 42% of the contract to build the 19.5km Monorail line [12]

External links


  1. ^ "MMRDA - Projects - Monorail". 2010-01-26. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
  2. ^ "Water transport slips out of MMRDA’s hands". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  3. ^ "Mumbai Mono Rail, World’s second longest". 2010-09-07. Retrieved 2010-10-26. 
  4. ^ a b "Mumbai monorail to run in two years". The Times of India. 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2009-03-19. 
  5. ^ MMRDA told to finish 1st leg of Mono, Metro by next year - Times Of India
  6. ^ Devraj Dasgupta, TNN, Aug 14, 2008, 06.25am IST (2008-08-14). "Deshmukh makes way for 1st monorail project". Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
  7. ^ "Financial bids for Mumbai Monorail project open|date=2008-06-25". 2008-06-25. Retrieved 2010-08-25. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Scomi's Mumbai Monorail Project Takes Off". Business Times. Tue, 10 Feb 09. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  9. ^ "Trial run of monorail successful in Mumbai - Oneindia News". 2010-01-26. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 
  10. ^ MMRDA drops second monorail plan, for now - Mumbai - DNA
  11. ^ you and your city - Travel in city to get easier by 2021
  12. ^ "Mumbai debut for Scomi rail car". 2010-01-02. Retrieved 2010-08-25. 

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