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Mumbai, Nov 10: A consortium led by engineering giant Larsen&Toubro with Scomi Engineering Bhd of Malaysia has bagged a Rs 2,460 crore order from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) to implement the country's first Monorail System in Mumbai.

The project involves designing, constructing, installation, testing and commissioning and integrated testing including train trail with initial operation and maintenance from Gadge Maharaj Chowk (Jacob Circle) to Wadala (approximately 11 km) and Wadala to Chembur via Mahul (approx nine km) corridor on a lump sum turnkey (LSTK) basis. The Monorail will have 18 stations en route. The project is to be completed in a tight schedule of 30 months.

The straddle-type Monorail system complies with the highest international standards of safety and reliability. It is a modern urban transport system where the cars move on a single beam in an elevated corridor.

The design makes it possible to execute the project on a fast-track, as it required a small foot-print and facilitates implementation with minimal demolition of structures. Other advantages include greater reliability, high manoeuverability, lower cost and an eco-friendly design.

These factors make Monorails an attractive option for Mumbai, where land is a scarce resource. The Monorail also helps in negotiating sharp curves and can handle gradients up to six per cent, the release said.

This will be the first Monorail System in India and is expected to ease the congestion in the highly-crowded Jacob Circle, Wadala and Chembur area.

As part of its new initiatives, L&T launched a dedicated Railway Business Unit about a year ago with the objective of targeting the emerging opportunities in rail sector such as dedicated freight corridor, railway station modernisation, merry-go-round systems for power plants, ports, steel plants, rail-based urban mass transportation systems like Monorails, Metros and Light Rail Transport systems.

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