MMRDA executive committee approves country's first Mono Rail project

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Mumbai, Oct 17 (UNI) The executive committee of Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) has approved the first Mono Rail project in the country.

The committee took the decision in a meeting yesterday.

The contract will be awarded to the joint proposal of Larsen&Toubro and Scomi Group.

The 20 km project will be laid from Jacob Circle (Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk) to Chembur, passing through Wadala. The route will have 18 stations and each train will have four bogies, a MMRDA release said here today.

The Mono Rail will run in a frequency of six minutes.

Post-completion of all formalities, the work order for the same will be issued within two months, after which work will commence and the first line will be operational within two-and-half years. Work on the additional line will be completed within three years. The total cost of the project is worth Rs 2,460 crore, which is higher than the earlier Rs 1,440 crore.

The committee also approved the issue of tender for construction of 22 skywalks. The work order for the same will be issued within 15 days and the construction work of these skywalks will be completed by May 2009. The total cost for the construction of these skywalks will be around Rs 500 crore, the release added.

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