Cabinet approves Mumbai Urban Transport Project

The project is expected to be completed in the next five years during 13th Five Year Plan period.

By: ANI | New Delhi | Published: December 1, 2016 10:19 am
mumbai-local The estimated cost of project is Rs.8679 crore with completion cost of Rs.10947 crore. (File)

The Union Cabinet has approved the Mumbai Urban Transport Project 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 five years during 13th Five Year Plan period.

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. 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. Panvel-Karjat double line suburban corridor 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.

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. 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 is 376 kilometers in length. There are five corridors, two on Western Railway, two on Central Railway and one on Harbour Line of Central Railway. Everyday approximately 8 million people travel in suburban section in more than 2900 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 rail 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 Route km), new elevated corridor between Airoli-Kalwa( 3 Route km ), quadrupling of Virar-Dahanu Road (63 Route km), procurement of 565 new coaches and trespass control measures in mid sections have been included in Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP)- Phase III.

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  1. V
    Dec 1, 2016 at 6:17 am
    I could always see two tracks crossing from Western Rail towards Central Rail and vice-versa; and wonder why there was (and yet till Dec. 2016) no train going from Dadar (WR) towards CST (then V.T.) through Parel (CR) or coming from Central Railway towards Western, example- Thane to Churchgate; as the tracks are already;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I still hope that both Central and Western Railway can fulfill the above route possible. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I can understand that there will be a nominal interval of time involved in crossing trains which will may require to halt other trains in;br/gt;lt;br/gt;However, I could see nowadays trains are made to stop and wait until a train crosses at Poisar junction coming from Borivali 8no. platform towards Kandivali. If that is possible, then why not at Dadar?lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I am certain that many people would like to travel without break-journey between Virar-CST and Churchgate to Kalyan lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;In simple words, both Central (CR) and Western (WR) Indian Railways can start local train services from today itself by adjusting time-table from CST to Virar route VIA DADAR and Kalyan to Churchgate route VIA DADAR, WITHOUT ANY REQUIREMENT OF FUND OF SINGLE RUPEE. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;What is needed is 1) to remove train coaches left in yard on that tracks between Dadar (WR) and Elphinstone station. And 2) Share this message by all social media and your word-of-mouth (in all possible languages) within your circles and help me push this information till the heads of Railways and Ministry.
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      guru kamble
      Jul 10, 2017 at 6:28 pm
      Yeah...Your are making sense. There should be direct trains between VIRAR to CST and KALYAN to CHURCHGATE. It's possible to do it with the existing tracks. It will reduce burden on dadar station.