State support agreement (SSA) – a Memorandum of Understanding between the railways and the state government will ensure that it would be binding on the state to provide all possible support for the project such as shifting of utilities. Allotting FSI and acquiring land are also in the state government’s hand. The Railway had announced Churchgate-Virar elevated corridor in 2007-08 railway budget
RITES, a railway undertaking and French firm Systra did the techno-feasibility study for the project. Air-conditioned trains will run on the two-line 63.27 km long elevated corridor.
In a meeting with the railways and the planning commission over the Churchgate-Virar elevated corridor, the state government assured that the project will not be real estate driven and FSI for construction along the line will be granted keeping the congestion of the areas in mind. The state also refused to speed up the project in the absence of feasibility studies for rehabilitation of affected people and determining the exact location of the utilities which will have to be shifted during construction. The railways and the planning commission had expressed displeasure over the delay by the state government in signing the state support agreement (SSA) for the project. The railways also wanted to hasten the process of shifting the utilities and complete it in six months.