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Capital may think about these options

Sandeep Yadav

25 Feb 12

Metro tracks cannot be built in every nook and corner of the city owing to variety of reasons

Let us accept it. Metro tracks cannot be built in every nook and corner of the city owing to a variety of reasons – congested localities and Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment and Validation) Act, 2010, just to names two.

As per the Act, new construction is prohibited within 100 metres of a protected monument and there are restrictions on construction within 100 to 300 metres. Such restrictions are bound to create a problem in the city strewn with hundreds of protected monuments as was evident in November 2011 when the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) issued a stop-work notice to Delhi Metro Rail Corporation on the proposed Central Secretariat-Kashmere Gate section at Janpath.

Monorail is one solution
So what are the options? Experts believe that rail-based transport systems like monorail and Light Rail Transit System in Delhi should be the available options. In fact, the Delhi Cabinet last month gave in-principle approval for the monorail connectivity between Shastri Park Metro Station and Trilokpuri, via Laxmi Nagar in east Delhi.

“Fast and pollution-free elevated intercity new mode of transport Mono Rail has also been recommended as a mass transit in Master Plan Delhi (MPD) 2021. Besides having less noise as compared to other systems, it will also be aesthetically attractive,” Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had announced. Monorail will be a realty in Delhi by 2017, she added.

Proposed route
According to a government official, it has been decided that the route will start from Shastri Park Metro Station passing through Yamuna Pushta Road, Rajaram Kohli Marg, Geeta Colony, Patparganj Road, Nirman Vihar Metro Station at Vikas Marg, Ganesh Nagar, New Patparganj Road, Sanjay Lake to terminate parallel with proposed Trilokpuri Metro Station.

Many stations
The total route length of 10.8 kilometre will have 12 stations — Shastri Park, Kailash Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Taj Enclave, Geeta Colony, Guru Angad Nagar, Scope Tower, Ganesh Nagar, Mother Diary, Patparganj, Kotla and Trilokpuri. The route will integrate with three Delhi Metro lines – Shastri Park Metro station on Dilshad Garden to Rithala line, Nirman Vihar Metro station on Anand Vihar to Dwarka line and Trilokpuri Metro station on Mukundpur to Yamuna Vihar under-construction line and provide inter-change facility.

“It is expected that initially monorail in east Delhi will have a daily ridership of around 1.5 lakh. The elevated monorail will supplement the existing intercity transport mode, including Delhi Metro,” said the official.

Light rail transit system
Besides Mono Rail, the Delhi Government has also proposed to construct three corridors of Light Rail Transit, covering a 45-km length in Phase 1. The feasibility study for all the corridors has been completed.

Light rail transit
It’s a low-cost, low-axle load, eco-friendly, electrically-propelled system with no pollution and low noise and vibrations; can negotiate sharp bends up to 25 metres, minimising need for property acquisition.
* Better than Metro: It uses typically less-massive equipment and infrastructure than that used in Metro rail
* Ideal for urban space: It is ideal for urban environment as it needs less space to be set up
* More capacity: More number of people can use it during rush hours to go from one place to another quickly

Govt mulls use of light rail system in Capital

Atul Mathur, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, February 23, 2012

Taking a step forward to strengthen the public transport in the Capital, the government is once again considering its earlier plan of building a light rail transit (LRT) system.
Building LRT corridors will bring Delhi at par with several world-class cities such as London, New York,

Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur that have an integrated multi-modal transit system.

LRT lines are built in medium density areas, where heavy rails such as the Metro cannot be constructed. Tram system is a popular example of an LRT system that runs on a track, along with other traffic and serves as a feeder to metro and bus rapid transit.

The Working Report 2011, released by Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday, on the completion of 13 years as chief minister, has mentioned LRT as Delhi government’s plan to “augment and strengthen” public transport infrastructure.

In the first phase, the government has proposed to make Mehrauli in south Delhi as the LRT hub and run three lines connecting Badarpur, Dwarka and Delhi Secretariat with it. The 45-kilometre LRT network is likely to cost about Rs 7,000 crore.

The plan to build LRT and monorail was first conceived in 2004, when the government had proposed to build three lines each of both systems before the Commonwealth Games.

While monorail was planned as feeder to the Metro system, LRT was proposed as an effective and fast mode of transport for congested Walled city areas of the Capital.

The Delhi government has already approved the proposal of constructing a monorail corridor between Shastri Park and Trilokpuri, while agreeing to build more monorail corridors where the Metro cannot reach.

The transport department is also toying with the idea of building a 25-kilometre pod taxi track in south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj.

Though Delhi Integrated Multi Modal Transit System (DIMTS) had carried out a techno-feasibility study for both monorail and LRT and detailed project reports were also prepared on the transport department’s behest, the project was later put on the back-burner for want of funds.