The Indo-Japan Monorail and Light Rail Transit (LRT) seminar was held at New Delhi on 3 September 2013. The Minister of Urban Development and Parliamentary Affairs, Kamal Nath addressed the seminar.
It is important to note that the Japanese Government and the Japanese Companies extended their cooperation in the development of Metro system in India, which will also be extended for to the development of Monorail and LRT system in various cities of India. The Monorail system can be very useful for congested areas of the Indian cities as well as can also prove to be environment friendly. Monorail can be essential to supplement the Metro system.
Development of the Monorail project
The working group on Urban Transport for the 12th Five Year Plan gave its recommendations for the LRT system in India. According to the recommendations, LRT should be provided in all cities with a population of million plus. According to the 2011 census, there are 53 such cities in India.
The State Government of Maharashtra is already constructing two corridors of Monorail in the city of Mumbai. Apart from this, the State Governments of Delhi, Tamil Nadu and Kerala have also prepared DPRs for Monorail Project. In Delhi, a Monorail Project is being implemented over a distance of 11 Kms between Shastri Park to Trilok Puri. This project would be completed by the year 2017.
The report of the High powered expert committee which was released in March 2011 revealed that the estimated total expenditure of 39 lakh crore would be incurred on Indian urban infrastructure and services by the year 2031. This report was commissioned by Ministry of Urban Development Government of India. The expenditure on urban transport and roads together will be more than half the total expenditure at 23 lakh crore Rupees.