Surface railway is impossible to lay in an existing city. But even to lay thesame in a new development, one should keep in mind what happens after 50years of laying the same. We have living example of our own suburban system.The city remains divided by the corridor and it is an eternal noise polluter in theheart of city day in and day out. Sudden disgorging of heavy loads of commuters at stations create need less congestion on the roads, reducingquality of life. Almost close to 2000 persons die annually- because of trespassing or falling from trains in our present system- whatever be the excuseand justification for accepting the same. In addition vulnerable to minor vandalism by urchins, but resulting in grievous injuries like losing sight for thecommuters. Again this mode cannot follow roads, so the weak link of roadvehicles has to be brought in for inter-modaltransfers.Derailments, collisions and capsizing concerns remain with loss of life for allthe above mentioned three systems.The infrastructure created for urban transport is hardly utilized to 30 to 40%capacity because of directional as well as inevitable peaks for limited hours in aday. It has no other use and just idles.
1.3: An ideal solution is one which:
1.follows the existing roads- but does not take road space- and be as flexible as a bus
2.Have rail based mass transit capacity, same as existing railmetro3.Does not divide city while providing integration along itsalignment4.Be derailment and collision proof- with NO CAPSIZING of coaches- sothat there can never be loss of life5.Be free from vandalism6.Noise free and pollution-free7.Non-invasive -requiring the least amount of scarce land space- and notcome in the way of development.