THE plan to improve and decongest areas in and around major stations of Mumbai Suburban Railway would be executed by the civic body, said a senior Central Railway official.
“Commuters of Mumbai Suburban Railway have been facing problems in exiting and entering the railway stations. Last year, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis held a meeting with senior railway officials on the project, Station Area Traffic Improvement Schemes (SATIS), to revamp major suburban railway stations. The plan is to decongest railway station premises during the peak hours. We had a meeting with the state secretariat on SATIS. It has been proposed that the BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) would revamp all major stations under SATIS,” said the official. However, railway officials are still not sure whether the Mumbai Railway Vikas Corportion or the state government would bear the cost of the project.
The SATIS plan was conceptualised by the World Bank in 2000 to streamline heavy traffic on the suburban railway.
“Initially, the proposal was to execute the project with the help of the local civic bodies. However, due to lack of effective coordination between the railways and the civic authorities, the SATIS project has been delayed for at least 10 years. Now, the BMC is being asked to take the initiative to execute it. After this proposal is approved, the work would begin by the end of 2015,” added the official.