The National Transportation Planning and Research Centre (NATPAC) has been given two weeks more to complete the feasibility study on the proposed monorail, a Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS), along the busy Neyattinakara -Technocity corridor of the capital.
According to an official of NATPAC, the two months deadline set by the government for submitting the feasibility report will expire on January 31, NATPAC have managed to get another two weeks. The delay in getting the modelling from Bangalore is learnt to be main hurdle to submitting the report.
Only after the modelling is received, the NATPAC can finalise the stoppages for the monorail along the proposed corridor, which is the busiest in the capital.
The MRTS is proposed to be implemented in three phases along the 46-km stretch. Sources said the monorail will be feasible for the city only if the ridership is 20,000 between two points.
Although the government had asked NATPAC to carry out the feasibility study along the 28-km Kazhakuttam-Balaramapuram corridor, the authorities carried out the traffic survey on the Attingal-Neyyattinkara stretch anticipating future needs like Technocity and in view of rapid urbanisation.
It is also learnt that Monorail will be limited to Technocity for the time being although there was a demand from various quarters to include adjoining Attingal.
In addition to the traffic survey, opinion survey, household survey, survey of major alighting and boarding points, and bus stops along the corridors taken up as part of the feasibility study had been completed and the analysis is almost over.
The major boarding points for the public transport system such as Statue, Palayam, Thampanoor and Technopark is learnt to have been given emphasis. As the government has in-principle agreed to give 1.5 to 2 hectares in the proposed Technocity, land acquisition will not be a problem for the yard for the proposed monorail. Efforts were on to identify government land on the Balaramapuram – Neyyattinkara stretch also for the monorail.
Once the feasibility study report is submitted by NATPAC, it is for the government to come up with the mode of implementation and the funding agency. Monorail vehicles are wider than the beam, thus requiring only a minimal footprint for support pillars.
Monorail has been mooted as part of a long-term and economical solution to transportation problems and to discourage personalised modes of transport. It is estimated that 40 per cent of the present traffic can be taken off the road once monorail comes.
The attempt is also aimed at improving mass transportation and increasing its present share of about 35 per cent in Thiruvananthapuram to about 60 per cent as recommended by Ministry of Urban Development.
News Sourced from “The Hindu”