According to public transport experts, monorail projects are better suited to cities like Visakhapatnam because it has much lower traffic density when compared to cities like Hyderabad and Delhi. The estimated cost to build the monorail is around Rs 150 crore per km.
A senior railway official said, “monorails have had success in Gurgaon and Mumbai. If the government is not in a position to make huge investments, the monorail will be a good option.”
However, a reliable source working in the metro rail project in Hyderabad said that according to the Metro Rail Policy, 2017, metro rail systems include monorail.
Monorail has a lower capacity and higher maintenance cost, according to the source. “If there is no revenue from passenger traffic, it might become difficult to handle,” the source added.
Managing director of Amaravati Metro Rail Corporation NP Ramakrishna Reddy said that I am not able to comment on the monorail project as I am yet to receive any official instruction.
Moreover, the project is completely different from the previously proposed metro rail project.” According to technical staffers of AMRC, the need for land in monorail is less compared to the metro rail project. As per reports from studies on conducted in 2015, NAD Junction, Maddilapalem and Hanumanthawaka Junction have more than 10,000 PPHPD (passengers per hour per direction).
A city should necessarily have at least 15,000 PPHPD for a metro rail project. However, for a monorail project the PPHPD requirement in 5,000.