Sky Bus Metro Is The Best: KRC Chief

Mumbai, May 19: | Updated: May 20 2003, 05:30am hrs
The innovative sky bus metro project, indigenously developed by the Konkan Railway Corporation, can meet the urban transportation demands for at least a century as there is no other existing solution to the ever-growing needs of burgeoning cities, says KRC managing director B Rajaram.

Besides being eco-friendly as well as technically and financially viable, the project is also safe and the most economic option for solving the transportation blues of big cities, Rajaram told UNI here on Monday, adding none of the underground metros, light rail transit system or monorail systems can be compared to the sky bus metro technically, financially and safety wise as they are accident-prone.

It is most ideal for the countrys congested commercial hub like Mumbai and by way of its design it handles passengers safely. It is an improvement over the existing rail-based system, modified to make it safer and most cost-effective, he claims.

Rajaram has also pointed out that the sky bus metro is the most viable option, if authorities implement it. The suburban railways have high mass carrying capacity, but no deep penetration into the city areas, he says, adding while buses have deep penetration, they do not have mass carrying capacity. All these, along with underground metros and elevated systems, are not cost-effective and need improvement in its safety features.

Comparing other modes of transport with his brainchild, Rajaram says the sky bus can form a network all over the city limits as it follows the existing roadways. It has mass-carrying capacity since it is only a modified railway. In fact, it can take over the entire load of an existing suburban system, he adds.

On the safety front, he points out, the system will be fitted by the anti-collision device again developed by his team and being implemented on the entire railway network making it the safest alternative. The anti-collision devices do not allow any collision and safety exits have also been provided in case of even a remote eventuality, he adds.

The system scores on economics also. While the sky bus metro costs only Rs 45 crore per km, the underground metro cost four times more and an elevated rail system costs three times more, he points out. It also eliminates inter-modal transport as it follows existing roads, he adds.

The fully air-conditioned sky bus metro can cruise at a maximum speed of 100 kmph and at just Rs 0.50-1 per km as the fare to the end user, Rajaram adds. The project, if approved, will be of world-class standard and would place the country on the forefront of providing the much-needed alternative transportation solution synergising well-proven existing cutting-edge technologies.