Recently, multimodal transit linkages have taken centre stage in many urban development proposals. Such solutions are now being incorporated into the planning of metropolises in India for upcoming and future constructions. Mumbai will be getting a new travelator to connect the city’s many forms of transport in the same direction.
Between the monorail station at Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk, the Mahalaxmi railway station, and the planned Metro 3 subterranean station, there will be a travelator that will transport people. This week saw the beginning of the facility’s construction. This will be the first travelator link for public transport in the city.
Large numbers of people walk around Maharaj Chowk and Mahalaxmi Railway Station every day, which even affects traffic, especially during rush hours. Thousands of office workers and other commuters are anticipated to profit from the travelator.
It is anticipated that the construction will be finished in 10 months and opened by February 2024 under the existing schedule.
A travelator is a short- to medium-distance passenger conveyance with a horizontal conveyor belt or track. They are frequently utilised in structures, airports, and train stations. These facilities have also just begun to appear in public areas, taking the place of the conventional Foot-Over-Bridges. It is also known as a moving walkway and performs a similar function to a horizontal escalator while travelling at a steady speed.
The travelator will be roughly 500 metres long with two tracks that are each 3 metres wide for the movement in both directions. The travelator installation will cost about Rs 6 crore. The project is being carried out by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).