The Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan recently flagged off India’s first Monorail at Wadala Monorail Station. The Chief Minister, along with his few cabinet ministers and elected representatives, then traveled in the attractive pink coloured Monorail from Wadala to Chembur. The city will now use the swanky Monorail from 7 in the morning till 3 in the afternoon with each Mono running every 15 minutes.
Asserting that the government is making every effort to turn Mumbai into a role model for modern urban development, the chief minister said, “After the Monorail we will soon start the Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar Metro corridor which is awaiting the Safety Certification. I am sure the Mumbaikars will enjoy Monorail and maintain the same as if it’s their own”. He also said, “Although, implementing heavy duty projects in a populated city like Mumbai is a huge challenge, we are committed to improve city’s infrastructure. The Government will soon sign 36 MoUs for mega projects in the State”. In addition, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on the occasion said, “MMRDA has completed projects worth Rs.20,000 crore and few more ambitious projects worth Rs 30,000 crore are underway. We are trying to secure more funds from the Finance Commission and execute infrastructure projects to attain balanced development of the city and the State”.
While welcoming the dignitaries, Metropolitan Commissioner, UPS Madan said, “The Monorail is environment-friendly, air-conditioned, safe and economically cheap transport now available for Mumbaikars”. “The monorail will have various safety and security arrangements, CCTVs will be installed on stations and in rakes and first-aid will be available for the needy”, Mr. Madan said further.