Published: August 07, 2017 2:59 am On: Opinion Editorial The Himalayan Times
A study has shown that monorail is possible in the Kathmandu Valley’s narrow and bending streets. A feasibility study jointly carried out by the National Planning Commission, Kathmandu Metropolitan City and Investment Board Nepal came out with the possibility of operating monorail in the Valley which is one of the most polluted and dirtiest cities in Asia because of heavy concentration of vehicles which emit smoke. The report has said that the monorail can be built within eight to ten years’ period and it is much cheaper than sub-way metro trains which are not feasible in the Valley’s loose soil structure.
A memorandum of understanding was signed between the KMC and Cimex Inc on July 18 for the feasibility study of monorail in a ten-km stretch from Tilganga to Kalanki. The study has revealed that the cost of the investment can be recovered in 10 to 12 years and it will be able to carry 15,000 to 30,000 passengers per hour. The monorail is highly useful for narrow streets and bending roads. Besides, the monorail will immensely contribute to reducing pollution, carbon emission, dust particles and maintain beauty of the city as open and left out spaces can be developed as green parks and recreation centres.