AAP Govt not keen on Delhi Monorail – project may go off the track

The advantage of the Monorail in populated areas is the narrow diameter of pillars-while-and ability to take sharp turns

New Delhi: The new AAP government’s broom seems to be sweeping projects that were the toast of the previous Congress government into oblivion. A case in point is the much publicized monorail project which is languishing. Sources say the project, which could not be approved by the previous government due to the code of conduct, hasn’t even made it to the new transport minister’s desk. “The new minister’s priorities seem to be different. He is concentrating on autorickshaws and the BRT at present,” said an Official.

Incidentally, the transport department spent Rs 6 crore on getting the detailed project report done. The alignment for the monorail project was prepared by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, which also did the DPR. According to government officials, the DPR stated the monorail project would be complete by 2017, if work starts soon.

DMRC has been describing the project as “challenging” due to the areas through which the alignment will pass. The 11km-long alignment will start from Shastri Park and terminate at Trilokpuri. At the time, Delhi Metro head Mangu Singh had said DMRC would look at new technology for the project, which is the first of its kind in the country.

Sources, however, say the project is not being given any consideration at present. “Though the minister had asked for the files related to the project, the monorail project isn’t part of the list. There has been no talk of moving any cabinet note on the same,” said the official. The project is expected to cost Rs 2,235 crore.

The entire alignment for the monorail will be elevated, along roads that are mostly narrow. The minimum right of way-12-14m at Raja Ram Kohli Marg-however, is enough for the monorail to come up, said officials. The elevated corridor will have a minimum height of 5.5m clearance from the road.

The advantage of the monorail in such populated areas, said a Delhi Metro official, is the narrow diameter of pillars-while a Metro pillar has a diameter of 1.5-1.8, a pillar for the monorail measures only 1-1.2m. The monorail’s ability to take sharp turns is another factor in its favour.The 11km corridor will have 12 stations-Shastri Park, Kailash Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Taj Enclave, Geeta Colony, Guru Angad Nagar, Scope Tower, Ganesh Nagar, Mother Dairy, Patparganj, Kotla and Trilokpuri. It will start from Shastri Park Metro station and culminate at Trilokpuri via Yamuna Pusta Road, Raja Ram Kohli Marg, Geeta Colony, Patparganj Road, Vikas Marg, Ganesh Nagar, New Patparganj Road, NH-24, Sanjay Lake and the proposed Trilokpuri Metro station.

The monorail will also connect with three Delhi Metro lines-at Shastri Park, Nirman Vihar and Trilokpuri- thereby providing connectivity with the existing Dilshad Garden-Rithala line, Anand Vihar-Dwarka and the proposed Mukundpur-Yamuna Vihar under phase III of the Delhi Metro network. The monorail alignment will initially ferry 1.5 lakh passengers per day.