Just one word sums the experience: wow.
Yes, we are a poor country. Yes, we are over-populated. And yes, looking out through the monorail, you do see shanties and slums.
But the monorail and the stations were squeaking clean - I tried hard to find a scrap of paper, and believe me, I couldn't. Not one. No spit on the walls. No foul smells from urinating passengers in the nooks and corners. Security was tight - just like at the airports. Paper tickets replaced by reusable tokens operating the turnstiles. Air conditioned comfort, station indications, great signages, working lifts and escalators. Everything you would expect in a world class city. And more.
Here are some pics...
|The monorail station - clean and airy|
|Electronic signboards with the ever-present and smart Mumbai Monorail logo|
|Emergency communication ports|
|The travel token|
|A blue monorail pulls into the station - the sister train is pink|
|Clean, air-conditioned and breezy coaches have a sophisticated look|
|Useful signages within the coach too|
|The monorail track looks out over the equally impressive Eastern Freeway|
|View of the driver's controls - it's amazing looking out over his shoulder at the incoming track|
|Automated ticket vending machines at the station|