The government's ambitious Rs 4,000 crore 'Metrino' public transport project, which will enable people to travel in driver-less pods suspended to a ropeway in the national capital region, will hit the ground soon. A presentation has already been made before Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the entire Union Cabinet and the work will start within six months, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said. 'The ropeway-like system which runs on electricity and driver-less pods will come down at the designated station thus removing the traffic burden. The capital cost of metro is Rs 250 crore per km whereas this will cost Rs 50 crore per km,' he said.
To start with, the Metrino project will connect the 70-km stretch from Dhaula Kuan to Manesar in Haryana. Under the project, fully automatic, driver-less small pods travel independently suspended over an overhead network which is usually 5-10 metres above ground.