Trivandrum Monorail: 19 Stations Identified in the 1st Phase

NATPAC will submit the feasibility report of the proposed Monorail project on Wednesday. The project will be implemented in two phases with the first phase extending from Technocity near Pallippuram to Thampanoor (22.2 km) and the second phase from Thampanoor to Neyyattinkara (19.6 km).A total of 35 stops are proposed for the entire phase from Pallippuram to Neyyattinkara.

As many as 19 stops have been identified for the first phase. The stops are planned in a distance of 800 to 1500 meters. Technocity extention, Technocity, Pallipuram (Proposed for the yard), Thamarakulam, Kaniyapuram, RVTI Junction, Kazhakkoottam, Kariyavattom, Pangappara Guru Mandir, Pangappara CH Memorial School, Sreekariyam, Pongumoodu, Ulloor, Kesavadasapuram, Pattom, Plamoodu, Palayam, Statue, Thampanoor etc. are the stops proposed in the first phase. The proposal includes double storied stations, ticket counters, escalators, over bridge, shopping complexes and air conditioned low floor buses for feeder service. Hotels, Snack bars, Shopping complexes etc. are also proposed for the Monorail company targeting higher income. There would be feeder service from city center to various sub-urban areas and vice versa.

The project is estimated at a cost of Rs130 crores per kilometer excluding taxes. As it is a mega project Government can consider a relaxation on tax benefits. NATPAC is proposing a 4 car monorail for the project and the arrival in a station at every 5 minutes. NATPAC has also proposed to form a company like DMRC to manage the Monorail. Kazhakuttam – Kesavadasapuram commercial corridor is the main attraction of this project. However NATPAC is not proposing INKEL’s pod car project along with Monorail as both are using the same path.

The second phase of the project from Thampanoor to Neyyattinkara (19.6 km) has 16 stations. Killipalam, Karamana, Kaimanam, Pappanamcode, Karakkamandapam, Vellayani Junction, Pravachambalam, Pallichal, Paroorkuzhi, Mudavoorpara, Balaramapuram, Vazhimukku, Pathamkallu, Moonukallumoodu, Aalummoodu, Neyattinkara etc are the stops proposed in the second phase.

News Sourced from “Mathrubhumi”

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