Mauritius to construct light rail transit system By LINLEY BIGNOUX in Port Louis | Thursday, February 21   2013 at  16:46

A modern railway line. Mauritius is set to introduce a light rail transit system between Curepipe and the capital Port Louis. PHOTO\ FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

Mauritius is set to introduce a light rail transit system between Curepipe and the capital Port Louis.

The construction of the Mauritius Light Rail Transit System (MLRT) is expected to commence by October 2014.

MLRT comes complete with integrated bus services and a combined ticketing system.

According to the Mass Transit Unit -MTU of the Ministry of Public Infrastructure and National Development Unit, a budding economy, increasing vehicle ownership, limited road routes, coupled with the size of the nation were causing increasing congestion during peak periods.

Over the next 10 months, the MLRT will spend $5.8 million (Rs180 million) in consultancy fees, which covers the first stage of the project.

The government has not revealed how much the total cost will be.

MLRT will cover a distance of around 28km, with stops at different stations dotted along the light rail system.

Mauritius and -Singapore Cooperative Enterprise last September signed a contract for the consultancy services for the project.

However, the tender winner for construction has not been identified to date.