Work on laying the fifth and sixth rail tracks between Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Kurla station and Thane and Diva stations will be completed by 2015, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said on Tuesday.
Chavan made the announcement at a review meeting of various works of Mumbai Urban Transport Project-II — the World Bank-funded project
that aims at improving the rail and road infrastructure of the city.
He added that as part of the MUTP-II, additional fifth and sixth lines will be laid between Borivli and Churchgate stations, thus increasing the suburban rail network from 790 km to 878 km.
Moreover, under MUTP-II, 96 new trains will be pressed into service and all nine-coach trains on the central and western lines will be converted into 12-coach trains to ease commuter load.
The CM said there are plans to introduce 12-coach trains on the Harbour Line.
Under the third phase of the project, the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation plans to start the Virar-Vasai-Diva-Panvel route, lay the fifth and sixth lines on the Borivli-Virar stretch and lay the third and fourth lines on the Dahanu-Virar stretch.
There are plans to extend the Harbour line from Andheri till Borivli and also introduce fast trains on the line, Chavan said.
Under the project, 86 new trains have been pressed into service and the 101th new train will start plying by September.
Chavan said the state government will issue a commemorative stamp for the MUTP.