NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): Union & Housing Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Friday, October 11. Panel prepared outline standard, specification for “Metro on Tyres” which runs on rubber tyres instead of steel wheels like Metro Rail or Metrolite.
According to officials, the per kilometre cost of Metro Rail is 300 crore & 200 crores for Metrolite but “Metro on Tyres ” will cost 60 crores ”Metro on tyres” is much cheaper than both the Metro Rail and Metrolite.
The Minister told reporters, We have formed a committee to finalise a set of standards and specifications for the metro on tyres. When they come out with their report there will be a process of approval and then will be presented in the public domain for states to adopt. We have not frozen on the standards and specifications for it yet.
He also said that the Metrolite has been approved by the ministry and the Board of the Delhi Metro has also given its nod for its use in a 20 km stretch from Dwarka sector 25 to Kirtinagar. Now, the ministry will await the proposal to come from the Delhi government to use it.
A similar process, he said will be followed in case of ”metro on tyres”.
In August this year, the Maharashtra cabinet cleared the mass transport system ‘Metro Neo’ for better connectivity across Nashik.
However, Nashik will have to wait for the report of the committee and the final approval from the union ministry before it begins building, the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Secretary Durga Shankar Mishra said.
According to the Nashik model, its ”metro on tyres” will have an elevated corridor and its coaches will operate on electricity and battery and ply on elevated viaducts with state-of-the-art terminals.
“Nashik are the prime movers in this case and its from there that we got the idea. However, they have to wait for the standards and specifications,” said Mishra.