India’s first monorail service will be launched in Mumbai in a matter of days. The mass transport system consists of several air-conditioned rakes that run on an elevated corridor ferrying passengers between Chembur and Wadala. When the two phases are complete, the Mumbai mono-rail will be the world’s second longest Mono Rail corridor in the world after Japan’s Osaka mono-rail corridor which is 23.8km long. Other well known monorals are the Tokyo mono rail, the Tama mon rail and the Star LRT in Malaysia. The Mumbai corridor will have 17 stations, two less than the Osaka Mono Rail corridor which has 19 stations. The mono rail has been built by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority and the contract to build it was awarded to the consortium of M/s L&T and M/s.Scomi from Malaysia. The total cost of the project is estimated to be INR 2460 crore. The rail fare will range between INR 8 and 20 for a single trip. The rakes are in three colours – green, pink and sky blue. The National Institute of Design has designed the exterior.

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