Union Cabinet approves Phase III of Mumbai Urban Transport Project
The Mumbai suburban railway network on Central and Western Railways has 376 route Kms. There are five corridors, two on Western Railway, two on Central Railway and one on Harbour Line of Central Railway.
The Union Cabinet on 30 November 2016 approved the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) Phase-III. The estimated cost of project is Rs 8679 crore with completion cost of Rs 10947 crore.
The project is expected to be completed in the next 5 years during 13th Plan period.
How Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) Phase-III will be beneficial?
• 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 or Mumbai–Delhi route.
• Main line is already congested and there is no scope for supplementing suburban services on this line.
• Construction of 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.
• While, Panvel-Karjat double line suburban corridor will cater to the significant urbanization and population growth.
• 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 by 35 to 40 minutes.
• Presently, passengers commuting from Kalyan to Panvel or in reverse direction, have to get down at Thane and take Trans Harbour link. This results in congestion at Thane.
• 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 will 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 route Kms.
• 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 2900 train services.
• Due to geographical constraints, spread of the population and location of business areas, the rail network will continue to be the principal mode of mass transport in Mumbai.
• To meet the demands of commuter traffic, new suburban corridor between Panvel-Karjat (28 Route km), new elevated corridor between Airoli-Kalwa (3 Route km), quadrupling of Virar-Dahanu Road (63 Route km), procurement of 565 new coaches have been included in Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP)- Phase III.