The Union Cabinet Wednesday gave its approval to the ambitious Mumbai Urban Transport (MUTP) Phase-III project worth over Rs 10,000 crore. The major suburban rail link project aims to provide an alternative to the overcrowded Mumbai suburban network between Churchgate and Dahanu Road and Panvel and Karjat routes.
The Rs 10,947-crore project will be completed in the next five years during the 13th Plan period. The Cabinet meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
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 a 376-km route. There are five corridors — two on Western Railway, two on Central Railway and one on Harbour Line of Central Railway.
Approximately 8 million people travel in the suburban section in more than 2,900 train services every day.