The Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) III may pick up steam as two to three big ticket projects are likely to be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his October 31 visit to the city, a rail official said.
The MUTP III aims to improve creaky suburban network in the the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) by completing a bouquet of rail projects within three to five years.
The ruling BJP wants to kickstart some of these projects under the MUTP in October-November ahead of the crucial civic polls in February 2017.
Railway minister Suresh Prabhu, who was in the city on Wednesday to review all infrastructure projects with state and railway officials, directed railway officials to prepare a final report on Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST)-Panvel elevated fast corridor and submit it to the Railway Board for its approval at the earliest.
The ministry also put the elevated corridor on the list of projects that may be launched in October. The Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC), the executing agency, expects speedy approvals for the MUTP III projects by the central government. The MUTP III outlay was approved by Niti Aayog in August and is awaiting approval by the Railway Board and the Union cabinet.
The projects under the third round of MUTP will ensure better and faster commute for 70 lakh suburban commuters in the MMR. A railway official said some of these projects may also be launched during Modi’s visit to the city. Sources said Prabhu demanded a report on financial viability of the CST-Panvel elevated corridor. He also directed officials to clear ambiguity on the elevated corridor and CST’s platform number 18 where currently outstation trains halt. “Central railway is authorised to prepare a report and submit it to the Railway Board following which it will be sent to Niti Aayog for approval,” said Prabhat Sahai, MRVC chairman