The Delhi Government in India has given an in-principle approval for the construction of a 10.8km elevated monorail line in east Delhi at a cost of Rs 16.55bn ($327m).

Engineering Consultancy company RITES submitted a presentation after conducting a feasibility study on the project while a detailed proposal will be tabled in the Delhi cabinet for a formal approval.

It will form a link between the Shastri Park Metro station and Trilokpuri through Laxmi Nagar in east Delhi.

The corridor will have 12 stations that include the Shastri Park Metro station, Rajaram Kohli Marg, Geeta Colony, Patparganj Road, Nirman Vihar Metro station on Vikas Marg, Ganesh Nagar, New Patparganj Road and Sanjay Lake to terminate parallel to the proposed Trilokpuri Metro station. The proposed monorail will be straddle-type and run on an elevated line built on 9m high pillars.

The new rail line will enable passengers to interchange for three Metro lines, allowing interchange at Shatri Park Metro station, Nirman Vihar Metro station and at Trilokpuri Metro station for the under-construction Mukundpur-Yamuna Vihar line.

It will be the first such link in the Indian capital and expected to supplement the increasing traffic on other intercity-transport facilities as well as decongest the city.

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The system is expected to be functional by 2017 and initially have a daily ridership of around 1.5 lakh. In the future, the monorail is also planned in Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore and Jalandhar in Punjab.

The monorail is considered to be a viable solution to decongest crowded areas and has also been recommended as a mass transit in Master Plan of Delhi (MPD) 2021.