The Light Rail Transit (LRT) system, said to be the best feeder rail network for Bangalore city when compared to monorail, has passed another test.

Sources in the Infrastructure Development Department (IDD) told Deccan Herald that recently completed soil testing study, conducted as part of detailed project report (DPR) for LRT, has found no fault with the corridor wherein the feeder rail is proposed to be implemented. “Soil testing was done at 40 different points along the length of two corridors proposed under LRT and the results are positive,” said a senior official with IDD. Soil testing, which began in JP Nagar in the month of April got completed a few days ago, he added.

The proposed monorail project in Kozhikode received a shot in the arm on Tuesday with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) submitting the detailed project report to the State government and expressing willingness to take it up from September.

The first phase of the monorail, a mass rapid transit system, covering 14.2 km with 15 stations starting from the Government Medical College hostel area to Meenchanda, can be executed in 36 months at a cost of Rs. 1,991 crore. The entire alignment is elevated, carried on single pillars generally along the median of the road.

The expert team which was formed to scout for monorail stations sites has completed its study. The locations where monorail stations will come up in the city will be decided at an empowered committee meeting scheduled to be held on Friday.

Besides, in order to focus on monorail and hasten the work on the same, the government has transferred and posted V. Paulraj, the managing director of Metropolitan Transport Corporation Limited (MTC) as managing director of Pallavan Transport Consultancy Services (PTCS) a couple of days back.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has claimed that it has completed the desilting of the Mithi river, removing 1.49 lakh cubic metres of silt from the river.

The first allotment of the 500 houses for the Economically Weaker Section, constructed under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, will start soon and continue till all the nearly-15,000 houses had have allotted to jhuggi-jhopri cluster households.

Apart from this, the Delhi Government said in the Budget, presented by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, that it had invested Rs.2,597 crore till March 2012 in regularisation of unauthorised colonies for providing basic civic services therein.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has laid down a detailed programme to avoid water logging in the monsoon at sites which are under its jurisdiction.

India has sought Japan's assistance in setting up more urban transport systems like monorail projects, intelligent transport networks and the Regional Rapid Transit Systems (RRTS). Japan has already been extending financial assistance for the construction of Delhi Metro.

Union Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath, now in Tokyo participating in the India-Japan Business Summit, has acknowledged Japan's assistance in the development of India's urban transportation, elicited more assistance and invited investors to the Indian markets.

After repeated squabbles with the civic administration over desilting of the Mithi river, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has now sent an ultimatum to the BMC that it will be doing the desilting work this year for the last time.

Both agencies have been at loggerheads for the past seven years over the desilting of a six-km stretch of the Mithi river, resulting in a delay in desilting and waterlogging in areas around that patch.

MUMBAI: The first phase of the monorail from Chembur to Wadala is slated to be ready for the public in December but only if it gets the green signal on safety issues from its safety consultants fro

In a breakthrough, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) claimed to have resolved a major issue regarding the right of way (ROW) for the second phase of the monorail project,