Mumbai: Mumbai suburban railway’s most ambitious rejuvenation plan — the third phase of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) — was set in motion on Monday with Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) calling for engineering design for three major components.
These are the construction of two more lines between Virar and Dahanu, the creation of a two-line suburban corridor between Panvel and Karjat and a 4km elevated two-line corridor between Airoli and Kalwa.
The MRVC has asked firms to come forward with detailed engineering designs as well as project management consultancy for the three works by December. Railway officials said that a loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) — a World Bank group institution — for MUTP phase 3 was being processed.
The Virar-Dahanu 3rd and 4th lines, which will allow more suburban trains to Dahanu, are important as the railways believes the next phase of development might be in this belt and gearing up with extra rail lines is pragmatic thinking. It will also allow to speed up long-distance trains between the two stations which is not possible because the two lines existing are shared by suburban as well as goods trains.
At current prices, it will cost Rs.2,558 crore of which Rs.2,046 crore will be a World Bank loan and the rest Rs.512 crore will be shared equally by the railway ministry and government of Maharashtra. The cost of completion of this project, around 6 years from the start of construction, will see prices go up to Rs.3,555 crore, of which Rs.2,884 crore will be a World Bank loan and Rs.711 crore shared equally by the state and the railways.
The second is the Panvel Karjat suburban line will cut the distance between CST and Karjat from 100 kilometres to just 77 kilometres. At current cost, it has an estimate of Rs.1,561 crore of which the World Bank loan would be Rs.1,249 crore. The rest — Rs.312 crore would be shared by the state government and the railways. On completion, it would have a price tag of Rs.2,024 crore with the World Bank loan component reaching Rs.1,619 crore.
The third is the elevated Airoli-Kalwa connector, an elevated rail corridor about 4 km in length, will allow more people to reach Navi Mumbai from areas like Kalyan and beyond without putting added pressure on the already congested Thane station. The current price of the project is Rs.356 crore, which includes a World Bank loan of Rs.285 crore and the rest Rs.71 crore shared by the state and the railway ministry. At completion, the cost would be Rs.428 crore with the World Bank component standing at Rs.342 crore and the state-railway share totaling Rs.86 crore.