|This article is outdated. (August 2012)|
|Locale||Kolkata, West Bengal, India|
|Transit type||straddle-beam Monorail|
|Number of lines||2|
|Number of stations||37|
|Daily ridership||120,000 (projected)|
|System length||72 km (Phase I & II)|
Kolkata Monorail is a rail-based transit project planned for the Indian city of Kolkata. The Kolkata-based Andromeda Technologies has received the order for building a monorail public transport system.
The First Monorail corridor, Budge Budge to Taratala in Kolkata, India, was awarded to Andromeda Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (ATPL) on BOO (Build, Own and Operate) basis but so far only the viability study and preliminary survey has been done by ATPL. According to Biplab Bhattacharya, on behalf of the ATPL; lack of support from financial institution and "unfavourable" conditions, the project is yet to take a leap forward. This system is perfect for feeder services to any existing or proposed LRT corridor as well as sustainable as a stand alone MRTS project.
Corridor 1: Budge Budge to Taratala 20 kilometres (12 mi). The work has yet not started. The Transport department of West Bengal state government, in 2007, given on order to Andromeda Technologies Pvt. Ltd. for implementing this project on BOO basis. But now the project has came to a halt for now.
The ₹60 billion (US$883 million) project will comprise,40-km-long elevated tracks from Barrackpore to Joka, passing through the city’s Central Business District. There will be 37 stations, including Joka, Behala, Esplanade, Panihati and Barrackpore, between the two terminal stations and reportedly it will be covered in 90 minutes. The trains will have four coaches and initially, around 120,000 passengers will be ferried in the first phase of the project. Later, the capacity is to be raised to 480,000.
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