Centre proposes ‘Metrolite’ train for small cities

The central government has proposed Metrolite, a light urban rail transit system, for small cities and towns having lower projection of ridership. The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has issued standard specifications of the ‘Metrolite’ system which will be developed on surface and elevated stretches. With each train having three coaches and a restricted speed of 25 kmph, Metrolite will have capacity of carrying 300 passengers.

According to the ministry, Metrolite, which can be developed at a lower cost in comparison with existing metro system, will also act as feeder system to high capacity Metro.

The ministry stated that metro rail system being developed at present is of high capacity which is required for bigger cities with very high ridership. The metrolite system will have a dedicated path separating the road traffic with it.

Sources told the PTI that government would provide financial assistance to states to implement the light urban rail transit system.