Kolkata Monorail

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Kolkata Monorail
LocaleKolkata, West Bengal, India
Transit typestraddle-beam Monorail
Number of lines2
Number of stations37
Daily ridership120,000 (projected)
System length72 km (Phase I & II)
Track gaugestandard

Kolkata Monorail is a rail-based transit project planned for the city of Kolkata. The Kolkata-based Andromeda Technologies has received the order for building a monorail public transport system.[1][2][3]


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.

Phase I[edit]

Corridor 1: Budge Budge to Taratala 20 kilometres (12 mi). The work has 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 come to a halt for now.[4]

Phase II[edit]

Corridor 2: Taratala to Rajarhat 52 kilometres (32 mi). The work has not started yet.

Other projects:

The 60 billion (US$868 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.[4]


  1. ^ "Kolkata monorail project likely to begin from March". Indianexpress.com. 22 November 2008. Retrieved 11 August 2010.
  2. ^ "Kolkata Monorail mass transit system to be operational by mid-2011". India Automotive. 22 November 2008. Retrieved 11 August 2010.
  3. ^ Express News Service (22 November 2008). "Kolkata monorail project likely to begin from March". Express India. Retrieved 11 August 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Kolkata on a high: state seals Monorail MoU". The Indian Express. Retrieved 31 August 2012.