Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Bangalore's first monorail will chug between Majestic & Agara

Bangalore's first monorail will chug between Majestic & Agara

Hemanth Kumar



As the first phase of Namma Metro from Byyappanahalli to MG Road is expected to be completed in December, the state government has put the monorail project as feeder service for Metro on the fast track.
The first monorail in the city would chug between Majestic and Agara Lake. Chief minister BS Yeddyurappa announced this after reviewing the progress of various projects being undertaken by the infrastructure development department. "The project would be implemented under the Swiss Challenge system with private participation. Global expression of interest would be invited soon for implementing the project. Malaysia-based Scomi Geodesic has already shown interest to execute the 15km stretch from Majestic to Agara Lake in the first phase."
"Metro and monorails will not overlap; mono is a complementary or supplementary system for metro. Monorail will take commuters from metro hubs to their residential neighbourhoods. A formal approval for High Speed Rail Link (HSRL) from MG Road to the Bangalore International Airport (BIA) and monorail will be taken in the next cabinet meeting. Keeping the upcoming global investors meet in view we are speeding up the city infrastructure projects," said an infrastructure department officer.
"Monorail system is very helpful in lower density corridors. It will run on narrower roads and poor geometrics and on circular corridors. There are several advantages from monorail. It requires minimum space both vertically and horizontally with smaller footprint. It gives an open space feel."

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