More good news for Mumbai’s harried railway commuters in the new year. Besides, the swank local trains that are expected to arrive by March this year and additional railway lines under the Mumbai Urban Transport Project phase 1, railway commuters will get more facilities for comfortable travel.
Segregation of local and passenger trains between CST and Kurla by laying two additional lines, a sixth line between Mumbai Central and Borivli, extending the harbour line from Andheri to Goregaon and more. All this will drastically cut down crowd in suburban trains and ensure comfortable travel. The Maharashtra government has finally sanctioned the much-awaited phase two of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP-II).
Reliable sources said though the government has approved MUTP- II, it will only be able to officially announce it once the election code of conduct comes to an end. The state government had been reluctant about the railway component of MUTP- II.
Now that the state government has agreed to talk with the railways on cost sharing of the project, the railways can now work out the cost details and forward it to the railway board in New Delhi. However, budgetary provisions for MUTP- II will only be able to come in 2008 railway budget as this year’s railway budget is just a month away and things have already been finalised.
At the end of MUTP-II, the crowding in suburban trains will further come down to around 3,000 passengers per 9-car in the peak hour direction. Following the approval of MUTP-2, project work will begin on schedule as planned this year and work is expected to be complete by 2012.
The major infrastructure inputs in the rail component of MUTP-II include addition of 88 km of tracks, induction of 96 new 9-car rakes, DC to AC conversion in Thane-CST and rehabilitating 2,839 project-affected households.
MUTP phase II includes 11 major projects worth Rs 3,700 (April 2005 prices)
· 5th and 6th line between CSTM-Kurla: 464 crore
· 5th and 6th line between Thane-Diva: 99 crore
· 6th line between Mumbai Central and Borivli: 372 crore
· Harbour line between Andheri and Goregaon: 76 crore
· DC to AC conversion between CST-Thane: 205 crore
· Improvement to stations and trespassing control: 96 crore
· Rehabilitating 2,839 project-affected households: 94 crore
· Procuring more local train sets: 2009 crore
· Maintenance yards for local trains: 144 crore
· More lines to park local trains: 96 crore
· Technical assistance: 45 crore
MUTP phase I included 12 major projects worth Rs 3,125 (Dec 2001 prices)
· 5th and 6th line between Kurla-Thane: Deadline-June 2008, 47.5 pc complete
· Rehabilitating project-affected households: Deadline-Dec 2006, 90 pc complete
· 5th line on WR: Deadline-Dec 2008, 7 pc complete
· Borivli-Virar quadrupling: Deadline-June 2007, 87 pc complete
· Extending local trains to Dahanu: Deadline-June 2007, 25 pc complete
· DC to AC conversion (railway project): Deadline-Dec 2008, 36 pc complete
· DC to AC conversion (World Bk project): Deadline-Dec 2008, 28.5 pc complete
· Procuring more local train sets: Deadline-June 2009, 14 pc complete
· New station at Oshiwara: Deadline-Dec 2008, 2 pc complete
· New Virar carshed Deadline-March 2009, 12 pc complete
· Procuring track machines: Deadline-Dec 2007, 10 pc complete
· Improving track and drainage on CR: Deadline-March 2008, 35 pc complete