India’s first Monorail Car successfully tested
The Scomi Group has announced the successful trial run of India’s first monorail car for the Mumbai Monorail project. The test run was flagged off by the Honorable Chief Minister of Maharashtra State, Mr. Ashok Chavan.
Commenting on the trial run of the first monorail car in Mumbai, Mr. Suhaimi Yaacob, Country President of Scomi India said, “Scomi is privileged to present the country’s first monorail car for its test run on the auspicious occasion of India’s Republic Day. It is a proud moment for all of us at Scomi as the successful trial reflects the considerable efforts made by our Mumbai and entire international team in Malaysia in making this first step an accomplishment.”
“This test run of the monorail car in Mumbai reiterates our commitment towards meeting our key milestones as per our client requirements. Additionally, it also highlights the expertise and reliability of Scomi in providing high class urban transit systems. We are now steadily working towards facilitating the commuters of Mumbai with sustainable mobility, reduced urban congestion, improved reliability and comfortable journey through our monorail project” Said Mr. Suhaimi Yaacob, Country President of Scomi India.
Scomi Engineering Bhd (“Scomi Engineering”) and its consortium partner Larsen & Toubro (“L&T”) secured the US$ 545.02 million / RM1.846 billion Mumbai Monorail Project in November 2008. Scomi Engineering and L&T are given 30 months to complete the first Monorail project in India. For this contract, Scomi will deliver a total of 60 cars to make up 15 sets of 4 car trains.
The Mumbai monorail project which is expected to be completed by 2011 is a 20-km route between Jacob Circle and Chembur with one central depot and about 18 user-friendly and highly secured stations. Each monorail with 4 coaches will have a capacity to accommodate about 600 passengers thereby carrying nearly three hundred thousand commuters on a daily basis in the proposed route. Additionally, the Mumbai Monorail is also a green project as Scomi saves 200 tonnes of CO2 a day on the monorail. The structure doesn’t obstruct much sunlight and doesn’t trap excessive emission apart from being quieter than other modes of transportation.