The Delhi Cabinet is expected to take up the first-ever Monorail Project in North India at its next meeting. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has instructed the State Transport Department to bring the proposal before the Cabinet soonest.

Once the project is approved by the Delhi Cabinet, it would be forwarded to the Union Government for approval from the Group of Ministers.

A presentation on the first phase of the project was made at a review meeting chaired by Ms. Dikshit and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation managing director Mangu Singh. In the meeting it was stated that the Transport Department has been told to bring the proposal for the project before the Cabinet at the earliest, preferably in the very next Cabinet meeting.

The first Monorail corridor has been planned over an 11-km distance from Shastri Park to Trilokpuri in East Delhi and will have 12 stations. The project is scheduled to be commissioned in March, 2017. The Delhi Government said it would be selecting a contractor and initiate actual work within next few months. The corridor project is expected to carry around 1.37 lakh passengers daily.

In the meeting, it was stated that the funding pattern would be in all likelihood on the lines of DMRC. Further, a depot would come up over a part of Sanjay Lake, where around eight hectares have been identified for the purpose.