After extending the suburban network till Dahanu, the railways and the state government plan to reach the rest of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
The Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) has, around 15 days ago, sent proposals for six projects under the phase III of Mumbai Urban Transport Project to the state government for approval. The projects, estimated to cost Rs14,666 crore, will make travelling to Thane, Bhiwandi, Virar, Vasai, Panvel, Karjat, Pen and Alibaug easier.
The proposals include building the Thane-Bhiwandi corridor, putting second track on the Panvel-Karjat-Khopoli route, laying two more lines between Virar-Dahanu Road, Vasai-Virar-Panvel corridor, Pen-Alibaug corridor and Panvel-CST elevated corridor on a private-public-partnership module.
“In a letter addressed to the railway ministry, the state had requested for the details of the projects. We have sent the information on the projects to them. After the state government’s approval, it will be sent to ministry of railways, finance, Union cabinet committee of infrastructure and planning commission for further sanctions,” said Rakesh Saksena, managing director, MRVC.
CM Prithviraj Chavan had also discussed the projects with Union railways minister Pawan Kumar Bansal during the latter’s recent visit to Mumbai. “The CM had written a letter to the PM about the projects,” said JK Banthia, chief secretary.
“Apart from the Rs 13,000-crore Panvel-CST elevated corridor, all the projects would be executed on a 50:50 sharing basis with the state,” said an official.