The reporter was definitely smoking something
Source: Metro Manorama
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: One more transportation system -- Maglev technology which uses magnetic force to suspend, levitate and guide vehicles -- is being actively considered for solving the traffic woes of the city.
Along with proposals for mono rail and metro rail, a proposal to use Maglev technology for setting up a mass rapid transport system within the city was put forth by Korean experts before a high-level meeting convened by the chief minister here on Monday.
Representatives of Hyundai Rotem company, that visited the chief minister and later took part in the high-level meeting, made a presentation on the advantages of Maglev technology. After going through the presentation, chief minister Oommen Chandy suggested experts to find out the most suitable mode of urban transport for the capital city. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation chief advisor E Sreedharan was also present at the meeting.
"The three technologies are being actively considered. We will look for the cost effective, sustainable technology which has already been successfully implemented in other parts," said transport minister Aryadan Mohammed. He said there would not be any doubt that the city would get a rapid transport system and the suitable technology would be decided soon.
Sources told TOI that the majority of people's representatives and bureaucrats who were present at the meeting were of the opinion that monorail was the ideal system for the capital city. "The city is not big for a metro and not a guinea pig to be experimented with Maglev, which doesn't have a working model anywhere in India," said an official.
The meeting also decided to examine the possibility of extending the south end of the first phase of monorail from Thampanoor to Pappanamcode. The feasibility study report suggested that the first phase should come up in 22.8km connecting Pallippuram and Thampanoor. However, E Sreedharan asked officials to extend the project till Pappanamcode, covering five more kilometres to the south.
Earlier, I wasnt sure why Mr. E. Sreedharan would advocate Hyundai-ROTEM maglev this much. Could be vendor confidence or genuinely interested in their technology too.^^
Commission Agent ?