Although Mumbai already has the most convenient connectivity when it comes to transport, there’s always room for better. The local trains of Mumbai are life-saving; they save an average traveller a lot of time and money that could have potentially been spent travelling.
However, the latest development is in the monorail sector. The second phase has been inaugurated, and is a 19.54km stretch. The Mumbai monorail from Wadala to Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk (Mahalaxmi) has finally been thrown open to the public after a delay of 11 years.
The first phase of the line runs from Chembur to Wadala, and had become operational in 2014. So now, you can imagine with the inauguration of the second phase, you can literally travel through the city in no time. This is what dreams are made of; you can literally board the monorail from Chembur and alight at Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk via Wadala in literally 30 minutes, as opposed to the regular 90 minutes. The monorail operates daily from 6 am to 10 pm; and now you wouldn’t have to brave the heat and the dust to get to South Bombay from Chembur.
It’s estimated that one lakh commuters will now use the monorail network on a daily basis. Earlier, it used be fifteen to seventeen thousand commuters travelling per day through Phase 1 which stretches from Chembur to Wadala. But now since it’ll be so convenient to travel to Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk, more people are expected to take the monorail.
The project had started with good intention, but due to poor planning it got stalled for a few years. The route was mapped around areas such as the Sindhi camp, which has an extremely dense population and a lot of illegal structures. Therefore, remapping and replanning is what caused the delay. However, its completion is spectacular news for those who travel across Mumbai everyday.