MRVC holds meeting with CR, WR for MUTP III project

Mumbai: Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) officials on Friday held a meeting with both Central Railway (CR) and Western Railway (WR) officials to kick-off Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) III.

Principal heads of departments of CR and WR were asked to come up with suggestions/changes regarding phase III as MRVC officials did not want a situation where objections would be taken at the last moment.

An official on condition of anonymity said, “The meeting between the three bodies was held so that everyone is brought up to speed regarding what exact works are to be taken in details, since the information up until now was limited to the big picture.”

MUTP III was sanctioned as part of the budget on February 26 by the Railway ministry and is presently being debated in the Upper House of Parliament. The project, costing nearly Rs 11,441 crore, had been proposed in 2011 but was stuck due to lack of political will regarding sharing of costs.

While officers from CR, WR and MRVC had agreed upon most projects, including Virar-Dahanu, Panvel-Karjat and Airoli-Kalwa, re-development of 20 stations costing Rs 1,950 crore was unclear. “There is difference of opinion on cost sharing for re-development of 20 stations; whether it should be under public-private partnership or execution should remain a railway project by bringing in FDI,” said an official who did not wish to be named.