The Mumbai Urban Transport Project has got the status of a national project and entered the flagship programme of the Prime Minister’s Office.
This means that the project will be closely monitored for output and transparency at the highest level in the country.
This also means Mumbai’s suburban railway commuters can now be assured of fast completion of the next phase of MUTP project that promises new trains with the best possible quality.
Flagship programmes are regularly reviewed by Delivery Monitoring Unit set up in the Prime Minister’s Office to monitor “flagship programmes and iconic projects.”
The unit ensures trouble-shooting through periodic reviews, informs the Prime Minister every quarter on the performance, evaluate impact and make sure that information on programmes are in public domain to the extent possible.
The phase 2 of the MUTP has been divided into MUTP-2A and 2B. It is being funded by the World Bank and includes procuring more trains, building stabling lines and maintenance facilities. The work for the Rs 125-crore project has already begun. While MUTP-2A will focus on upgrading the network already strengthened by the first phase, MUTP 2-B will look at building additional capacity.
“We are proud of the development,” said Managing Director of Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation PC Sehgal.