Citizens’ may not get a chance to give the railways their views on future projects under phase III of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP).
The Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) and the World Bank were to hold a public meeting in January, to get suggestions on possible projects under MUTP-III but the World Bank has backed out of the meeting. “The World Bank has backed out due to lack of funds. We will have to see how we can go ahead with this meeting,” said PC Sehgal, managing director, MRVC.
The World Bank is funding MUTP I and has also signed an agreement for funding Rs 1,910 crore for the second phase in July.
Under the third phase, the railways have proposed a link between Bandra and Kurla, a suburban line on the Virar-Vasai-Diva-Panvel section, a fast corridor along the Harbour line and extending the Harbour line from Goregaon to Borivli.
The project also includes an additional third and fourth lines on the Virar-Dahanu stretch, the fifth and sixth lines on the Borivli-Virar stretch, augmenting the numbers of 15-coach trains and running of 12-15 coach trains on the Harbour line.
The Central Railway, meanwhile, has proposed to build foot over-bridges at 10 stations - at Sion, Parel, Kurla, Vidyavihar, Kalva, Diva, Kopar, Govandi and Tilak Nagar - for Rs 10 crore.
The CR has also given permission for sticking advertisements on the new purple-white trains on trial basis, three years after they were first introduced. If successful, they will allow ads to be pasted in all 44 rakes at an annual cost of Rs 20 lakh.