The Bombay Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) is planning to add 2 rakes to its monorail service in a month.
The 19.5-km monorail was inaugurated with simply four trains in March. The metropolitan authority recently more one more train, taking the total to five. However, the frequency continues to be around 40 minutes, irking citizens.
A senior official from MMRDA said, “The frequency can improve with the addition of ten rakes. we are working towards up the potency of trains. With 2a lot of rakes, there’ll be an improvement in potency as there’ll be a lot of trains out there in case one stops functioning.”
Currently, the tendering method is afoot to induce ten new rakes for the monorail. The MMRDA has got responses from Hitachi, Bombardier, CRRC and BYD.
The railway line authorities also are looking at up station premises by increasing seats and constructing toilets. “Ideally, these should have been done by the contractor, however, it was not.”
In December 2018, MMRDA terminated its contract with LTSE, a joint venture of Larsen and Toubro and Scomi Engineering, as a result of contractual failures. Scomi was also barred from bidding for a proposal on the new rakes, an official confirmed.