MUMBAI (Metro Rail News): The Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) has been planning to set up an emergency passenger evacuation system on the Mumbai Monorail, which runs between a stretch of 19.5 km from Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk and Chembur.
“The consultant will suggest measures for enhancing safety such as if a walkway can be constructed along the track for carrying out safe evacuation”, an official said.
As per the MMRDA officials, the Monorail route passes through very crowded and residential areas like Mahul bay, Wadala bridge road and Curry Road railway station. “The Monorail runs on a single middle unit guideway beam and there is no room for passengers to get out without stopping at the station in case of a fire or any breakdown in power supply,” the official said.
“As Monorail runs on a single middle track, if a train stops between two stations, there is no space for the passengers to get down. The route covers risky sites like Wadala, Curry Road, Anik Panjarpol link road and the Lalbagh flyover. If a train stops at these places, it is difficult to get the commuters out. There are difficulties in rescue operations in such areas and hence, an emergency system will be set up to ensure the safety of passengers in the event of an accident,” the official added.