New Delhi: In great news for Mumbai commuters, the Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has approved the Mumbai Urban Transport Project Phase-III estimated to cost Rs 10,947 crores on completion.
The MUTP phase 3 has projects like the Rs 2618 crores Panvel-Karjat new suburban line, Rs 3555 crores Virar-Dahanu quadrupling (addition of two lines), the procurement of trains at Rs 2899 crores and Rs 428 crores for the elevated connector between Airoli and Kalwa. The estimated cost of project is Rs 8,679 crore with completion cost of Rs 10,947 crore. The project is expected to be completed in the next 5 years during 13th Plan period.
The construction of additional two lines between Virar and Dahanu so that the congestion on the lines rising out of suburban, passenger and goods trains being run can be alleviated.
The second major work is that of the Panvel-Karjat double line suburban corridor that will cater to the significant urbanization and population growth in recent years in this area. This will also provide alternate route from Karjat to CSTM via Panvel which will be shorter by 23 Km than the existing route via Kalyan and will reduce travel time between CSTM to Karjat by 35 to 40 minutes by slow trains.
The third work, the Airoli-Kalwa elevated corridor, will reduce congestion at Thane station and will also save time as these passengers can travel bypassing Thane. Presently, passengers commuting from Kalyan to Vashi/Panvel or in reverse direction, have to get down at Thane and take Trans Harbour link. This results in congestion at Thane which is already a busy station on Central Railway.
As reported earlier, the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog had given its approval of the Rs 10947 crore third phase of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) in August. According to NITI Aayog documents, the MUTP 3 appraisal note (serial number 6938) was put up for approval on August 22 and was approved on August 26.
The MUTP saga so far:
1) MUTP phase 1
Cost – Rs 4452 crores and has been completed. Highlights included buying 909 Siemens coaches and adding two new lines between Virar and Borivali
2) MUTP phase 2A
Cost- 4713 crores and is expected to be completed by March 2017. It included buying 72 Bombardier rakes and converting CR’s traction from Direct Current to Alternating Current (DC-AC)
3) MUTP phase 2B
Cost- 3374 crores and has projects expected to be completed in phases between 2019 to 2021. This includes the 6th line between Mumbai Central and Borivali, and extension of CST-Andheri Harbour line till Goregaon.
4) MUTP phase 2C
Cost- Rs 714.1 crores, comprising mostly Harbour line projects, including running 12-coach trains on Harbour, and is expected to be completed by March 2017.
Western Railway is running suburban services on the existing busy double line between Virar-Dahanu Road which is a part of main line Mumbai-Ahmedabad/Delhi route. Main line is already over saturated and there is no scope for supplementing suburban services on this line, says a release.
Construction of an additional double line between Virar-Dahanu Road will address the demand of commuters in this region. This will provide extension of suburban services from Churchgate to Dahanu Road. Panvel-Karjat double line suburban corridor will cater to the significant urbanisation and population growth in recent years in this area. This will also provide an alternate route from Karjat to CSTM via Panvel which will be shorter by 23 kilometres than the existing route via Kalyan and will reduce travel time between the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus to Karjat by 35-40 minutes by slow trains.
Presently, passengers commuting from Kalyan to Vashi/Panvel or in reverse direction, have to get down at Thane and take the Trans Harbour link. This results in congestion at Thane which is already a busy station on Central Railway. Airoli-Kalwa corridor will reduce congestion at Thane station and will also save time as these passengers can travel bypassing Thane.
Procurement of new coaches will enhance the quality of service and reduce congestion. The works proposed under trespass control at 22 locations shall significantly reduce trespass and will provide safer environment for the public.
The areas covered by this project are Thane, Palghar, Raigad and Mumbai districts of Maharashtra.
The Mumbai suburban railway network on Central and Western Railways has 376 km route. There are five corridors, two on Western Railway, two on Central Railway and one on Harbour Line of Central Railway.
Every day approximately 8 million people travel in suburban section in more than 2,900 train services. There is severe overcrowding in the suburban trains specially during peak hours. Due to geographical constraints, spread of the population and location of business areas, the railway network will continue to be the principal mode of mass transport in Mumbai.
To meet the demands of the ever growing commuter traffic, new suburban corridor between Panvel-Karjat (28 kilometre route), new elevated corridor between Airoli-Kalwa(3 km route), quadrupling of Virar-Dahanu Road (63 km route), procurement of 565 new coaches and trespass control measures in mid sections have been included in Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP)- Phase III.