Mumbaikars may find travelling a little easier with Lalu Prasad announcing 300 additional services for the city’s suburban section.
He also said a study would be conducted to determine the possibility of a fully-air-conditioned elevated track linking Mumbai Central to Virar station and waved the green flag for Mumbai Urban Transport Services Phase II that would involve an investment of Rs 5,000 crore.
The minister named the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus to be among the five stations that would be upgraded to world-class status and the contract for the work would be awarded by March.
He said the MUTP Phase I will be completed by December 2009 and the “Go Mumbai Card” would be introduced by March-end. The cards would be available at stations and bus depots and the scheme, if found useful, would be extended to Western Railways for other suburban services.
Lalu Prasad said a study would be conducted to find out whether it would be financially viable to have an elevated fully air-conditioned metro service in the city before conducting a feasibility study for the project.
“All efforts would be made to complete Phase II during the 11th Five Year Plan,” he said, setting an ambitious target of 2012 for the MUTP Phase II.