Mumbai Monorail gets safety clearance from safety inspector

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Mumbai: The Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority received safety certificate with certain conditions for Mumbai Monorail on Tuesday. The monorail will start its operations between Chembur and Jacob Circle only after fulfilling the conditions as per the safety clearance issued by the safety inspector.

“We are still going through the report. Certain conditions will have to be fulfilled before we can decide on the date of opening,” said UPS Madan, Metropolitan Commissioner.

After taking a stock of monorail on March 28, Safety Inspector GP Garg asked the MMRDA to ensure that there is adequate stock of spare parts so that regular maintenance of rakes is not delayed.

The entire monorail project has been constructed in two phases i.e. Chembur to Wadala and Wadala to Jacob’s Circle. The phase one—Chembur to Wadala was opened in 2014 and shut after a fire incident in a monorail coach on November 9 last year.

Safety inspector has recommended MMRDA to install temperature gauges in coaches of monorail so that excess heat can be recorded and evacuation carried out. Smoke detectors should also be installed. He has also suggested that mirrors be installed towards the end of all platforms so that drivers can see if all passengers have boarded or alighted before starting the train

According to official, MMRDA has also decided to install CCTV cameras on both ends of platforms and along the corridor for evacuation during emergencies.

MMRDA has at present total 10 monorail rakes and is in the process of procuring five more rakes to fulfill the requirement of phase-II corridor.

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