Reported by Chinmaya Dehury/ Edited by Swetaparna Mohanty
Bhubaneswar, Aug 21
The state government has decided to roll out the Monorail Transit System in the Twin City in Cuttack city in the first phase.
“Considering the traffic congestion and high population, we have planned to implement the Monorail project in Cuttack city in the first phase. Later, the project would be extended to Bhubaneswar,” said a senior official of the Housing and Urban Development department today. The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Development Commissioner recently, he said.
In a bid to provide rapid and safe mass transport, Odisha government has envisioned a futuristic plan for setting up a Monorail transit system in the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.
The proposal to set up the facility was given by Engineering Projects India Ltd (EPIL). It provides smooth ride quality, higher passenger capacity, energy efficiency, lower capital and operating costs and environment friendly transport.
Monorail has sleek exteriors and air-conditioned compartments. Each monorail can contain two to eight compartments. The average time of travel is likely to be approximately two minutes for every kilometre, the official said.
Train frequency can vary from five to 10 minutes. The train would run above the ground thereby occupying very little place on the ground for construction of pillars. The train can run easily on flyovers with the fixing of one additional beam on its pillars.
According to experts, the construction of monorail facility may involve an investment of Rs 150 crore per kilometre, sources said.
The H&UD department will carry out a pre-feasibility study of the proposed project. The department has also been asked to work out the viability of the projects, running expenditure per kilometre, the likely tariff that the passenger will have to pay and other related factors.