Thane to get its own Light Urban Rail Transit System

The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) last week on 23rd December 2020, cleared construction of 29-km LURTS, which will not only cover the entire city but also provide connectivity to the Central Railway stations and Metro Lines 4 and 5.

Thane has modified its proposed intra-city Metro line for a slimmer and cheaper Light Urban Rail Transit System (LURTS). The Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) on Wednesday cleared the construction of 29-km LURTS, which will not only cover the entire city but also provide connectivity to the Central Railway stations and Metro Lines 4 and 5, connecting Thane to Wadala and Kalyan respectively.

The price differential between the two transport systems is substantial. While the Metro would have cost the city Rs 13,095 crore, LURTS, will cost only Rs 7,165 crore. A senior TMC official, who did not wish to be identified, said the project will be completed by 2025 and could “prove to be a game-changer” for Thane.

The LURTS will be the first of its kind in the country. Light Metro system is not only cost effective, but it also requires less land for stations and platforms. While Metro platforms need to be at least 4mt wide, the same for the Light Metro can be accommodated in just 1.5 mt wide space.

The Light Metro in Thane will have 22 stations, covering high-density pockets of Wagle Estate, Vijay Nagari, Waghbil, Kolshet and Rabodi. While the carrying capacity and speed of Light Metro is less compared to Metro trains, officials said it will be sufficient for Thane.

“Thane city’s population is expected to grow to 27 lakh by the year 2025. Over 5.7 lakh passengers are likely to use the Light Metro services daily once it is fully operational,” said Deputy City Engineer (transport), TMC, Praveen Papalkar.

The Light Metro will be operated on a standard size gauge (1.435 meter), which can be used for Metro trains too. While Metro trains are 22 mt in length and their coaches 2.9 to 3.2 mt wide, the Light Metro trains will be 18 mt in length and their coaches will be 2.65 mt in width.

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