Mumbai’s Monorail to come back on track six months after the fire

The monorail has been out of service for the last 5 months after the fire accident but it is going to start again, with its second phase, till Jacob Circle


The Mumbai Monorail from Chembur to Wadala, the first monorail in India, is not in a working condition for five months now. However, the monorail will return to the track again, probably in the month of May. Also, the second phase of Monorail from Wadala to Jacob Circle is being initiated.

After almost 11 deadlines since 2011 for the second phase, Mumbaikars will finally be able to travel from Wadala to Jacob Circle soon. 

Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA)’s Addition Metropolitan Commissioner, Sanjay Khandare told Mumbai Live that the process of starting the Chembur-Jacob Circle monorail route is in the final stage and will be started by the end of May.  

Earlier on November 9, 2017, the Monorail caught fire and two coaches of the rail were burnt to the ground. Thus, the monorail remained out of service from that day. The mono project ran late due to lack of planning and slow management of MMRDA.

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The MMRDA is unable to get a contractor for the maintenance of the monorail but now it needs to get the security certificate from the Commission of Railway Safety. Amid the upcoming elections in the state next year, the MMRDA has initiated the work because of the pressure from State government. Khandare clarified that the management for the maintenance received a response and the contract will be finalised in two weeks.