In what may come as good news to lakhs of commuters, railway minister Suresh Prabhu will launch the third phase of the ambitious Rs1 1,440-crore Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP-3) at the Sahyadri guesthouse on Sunday.
The MUTP-3, one of the most ambitious projects to upgrade the suburban railway infrastructure, is likely to be completed in six years. Apart from seamless travel between Kalyan and Navi Mumbai and an elevated link between Airoli and Kalwa, around 20 stations such as Dadar, Kurla, Mulund, Ghatkopar, Andheri, Khar, Chembur and Parel will be revamped under the project.
Prabhu had announced the project while presenting the railway budget for the financial year 2015-16. While the MRVC officials tried to keep the launch under wraps, sources confirmed the plan.
Under this project, the suburban railways will get more than 45 new trains. Sources claimed the authorities are mulling procurement of air-conditioned trains.
On Sunday, Prabhu, in the presence of chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, will also sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on formation of a new special project vehicle to execute railway projects. The railways will also sign a concession agreement to boost connectivity of Jaigad port.
“The special purpose vehicle will be a joint venture public sector company, Maharashtra Rail Infrastructure Development Company, with a registered office in Mumbai,” said a senior railway official.
Under the project, the MRVC has proposed doubling of the existing Panvel-Karjat railway line, which will allow railways to ply suburban trains between Navi Mumbai and Karjat, apart from the additional Pune- and Konkan-bound trains on the route.
It also plans to build new foot overbridges at 22 spots to prevent trespassing deaths.