Hardeep Singh Puri, Union & Housing Development Minister recently informed the media that a panel has been prepared to outline standard, the specification for “Metro on Tyres” which runs on rubber tyres instead of steel wheels like Metro Rail or Metrolite. Currently, the per kilometer cost of Metro Rail is 300 crore & 200 crores for Metrolite but “Metro on Tyres ” will cost 60 crores ”Metro on tyres” is much cheaper than both the Metro Rail and Metrolite.
The Metrolite has been approved by the ministry and the Board of the Delhi Metro has also given its nod for its use in a 20 km stretch from Dwarka sector 25 to Kirtinagar. Now, the ministry will await the proposal to come from the Delhi government to use it. A similar process, he said will be followed in case of “metro on tyres”. In August this year, the Maharashtra cabinet cleared the mass transport system ‘Metro Neo’ for better connectivity across Nashik.
In the Nashik model, its “metro on tyres” will have an elevated corridor and its coaches will operate on electricity and battery and ply on elevated viaducts with state-of-the-art terminals.