get India's first monorail in two weeks
Indicating that the prestigious Mumbai monorail project is on
schedule, a top official said here Wednesday that six trains will
ply in the first phase from later this month. Six trains, each
with four air-conditioned cars
Over 25,000 scientific experts from around 100 countries will work
at a state-of-the-art innovation park which will be set up near
Mumbai, the state government announced Thursday.
The innovation park would be set up by the Mumbai Metropolitan
Region Development Authority (MMRDA) following a green signal from
Chief Minister Ashok Chavan.
The complex, expected to cover a 5,000-acre land near Panvel in
Raigad district, would have a research and development centre for
the private sector.
The park would have health, pharmaceutical, nano-technology,
bio-technology, functional food, bio-polymer micro electronics,
embedded systems, water technology, clean technology, energy,
defence, internal security, fuel cell and digital media sectors.
An international convention centre, an international research
centre, a business incubator, design institute and a learning
centre within the park would make the state an important global
destination for scientific conventions.
This would help enhance the country's gross domestic production
besides creating around 100,000 jobs within the next three to five
The MMRDA will get technical collaboration from the Science &
Technology Park, University of Pune, and Sophia Antipolis, France,
will be one of the project partners.
The proposal for the innovation park was announced a year ago
following which major companies, including Reliance Infra, Bharati
Group, ILFS Infrastructure, IndiaBulls and others, evinced keen
interest in the project.