IBEF: July 22, 2019
The Centre has planned to introduce light urban rail transit system - 'Metrolite' - in small cities and towns having lesser estimation of ridership, with each train having three coaches and a restricted speed of 25 kmph.
The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has set standard specifications of the 'Metrolite' system which will be formed on surface and elevated stretches.
It is estimated that the 'Metrolite', which will be developed at a lower cost in comparison with the present metro system, will also act as a feeder system to high capacity Metro.
The three-coach train will have capability of carrying 300 passengers. The government would also offer financial assistance to states to execute the light urban rail transit system.
The 'Metrolite' system will have a devoted path separating the road traffic with it. For separation with road traffic, fence can be provided on either side of network.
The Ministry stated that metro rail system being developed at present is of high capacity which is requirement for bigger cities where the ridership is more as compared to the small cities.
As the metro system has seen a success in the existing cities, many small cities and town also look forward to rail-based transit system, having ability to fulfil the light urban rail transit system.
The present government has also promised the expansion of metro network in 50 cities in its manifesto.
The 'Metrolite' system will have shelter platforms. Although, Metrolite platforms will not have AFC gates, platform screen doors, X-ray and baggage scanner.
The 'Metrolite' train will include three non-separable coaches with low floor height of about 300-350 mm. Unit length should be of minimum 33 m. The car structure material will be stainless steel or aluminium. The maximum operational speed will be 60 Kmph and speed will be restricted to 25 Kmph.
The ministry said corresponding municipal corporations will recognize all possible paths for providing at least single-track operation of Metrolite trains between two parallel roads.
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