Thiruvananthapuram : Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) and Kerala Monorail Corporation have inked a general consultancy agreement for monorail projects in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode.

The Kerala Cabinet has given administrative sanction for the first phase of the monorail project proposed for Thiruvananthapuram.

JAIPUR: After the Jaipur Metro rail project, the urban development and housing (UDH) department is inching towards monorail project on shorter route in the city.

The Kozhikode Monorail Project is completely investment-oriented and not people-oriented, environmentalist A. Achuthan has said.

Speaking at a discussion on ‘Monorail: expectations and apprehensions’ organised by the Citizen’s Voice here on Wednesday, he said all tall claims made about its viability and environment-friendly nature were an eyewash. Citing the project report by the Kerala Monorail Corporation which said that around 1.48 lakh people would use monorail each day in 2015-16, he said even Mumbai, which had a population of 1.19 crore was expecting only 1.25 lakh people to use monorail each day.

Pune: Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Thursday said that the state government was preparing a new legislation to set rules for integrated urbanization.

“Today over 50% of the population in the state lives in urban areas and more villages are merging with urban areas. Urban governance has become challenge in Pune, Mumbai and other cities. With rising population, cities are planning metro, mono rails and the BRTS. There is a need to go for integrated urbanization and the government plans a new legislation to set new rules in this regard” Chavan said.

Calling the BMC existing land use (ELU) survey “flawed”, NGOs have sought extension of the deadline of January 24 to submit suggestions and objections to the development plan (DP) for 2014-2034. At a meeting convened by standing committee chairman Rahul Shewale Thursday and attended by officials and engineers of the DP department, loopholes in the survey were discussed.

“There have been omissions such as monorail and metro yards, nullahs and sewage pumping stations. A method to indicate multi-level land use must be devised and infrastructure such as transport must be mapped. Monuments on the state heritage list must also be included,” said Pankaj Joshi, executive director of Urban Design Research Institute. The projection of slums as grey areas without definition was also debated at the meeting.

PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation has allocated Rs 15.5 crore for metro, monorail and high capacity mass transit route (HCMTR) projects in the draft budget for 2013-2014.

New Delhi: The choc-a-bloc bylanes of east Delhi will soon have a new entrant — a monorail that will connect not only the most congested areas but also link with metro stations, liberating commuters from heavy traffic.

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has submitted a detailed project report of the 11km alignment from Shastri Park to Trilokpuri to the Delhi government. On Wednesday, transport minister Ramakant Goswami said government sanction for the project was expected to come through soon. “We are hoping that the project will get sanction within the next three months, so that work on the monorail can start,” said Goswami. Officials said the project report had set 2017 as the deadline for completion if work starts this year.

In a bid to provide rapid and safe mass transport, Odisha government has envisioned a futuristic plan for setting up Monorail transit system in the twin cities of Cuttack and Bhubaneswar.

A proposal to set up the facility has been given by Engineering Projects India Limited (EPI), official sources said here on Wednesday. A presentation made before the state government described the monorail system as a technological innovation entailing many advantages for optimum flow of passengers.

On track Authority hopes to commission first phase by mid-2013.

With Mumbai’s first monorail line nearing completion, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has kicked off a three-stage certification process to ensure that this mode of transport is safe for the public. As part of safety checks being observed by MMRDA, which is implementing the Chembur-Wadala monorail corridor, the contractor for the 8.3 km line has started conducting trials.