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Cabinet gives in-principle nod for Churchgate-Virar corridor

The Rs 19,513-crore Churchgate-Virar Elevated Rail corridor got in-principle nod from Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and his cabinet Tuesday.

The Rs 19,513-crore Churchgate-Virar Elevated Rail corridor got in-principle nod from Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and his cabinet Tuesday.

The proposed 60.3-km corridor will get support on important issues like land acquisition and floor space index,shifting of underground pipelines,overhead cables and construction activity. The agreement will make the project a viable proposition for developers. The feasibility report has been submitted and the general manager of Western Railway Mahesh Kumar made a presentation to the ministers.

“The cabinet was positive about the project. We have not got written approval but they seemed committed to the project. We need the state government to sign the State Support Agreement so that the project becomes viable for private contractors under the Public Private Partnership model,” said Kumar.

The 20.7-km stretch (rom Oval Maidan to Mahalaxmi,Bandra to Jogeshwari and Borivali to Dahisar) will be underground while 29.4 km will be elevated and 10.24 km at the ground level.

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An official in the CMO said 13 hectares needed to be acquired by the state government,of which two hectares is private land and the rest is owned by the government.

The project will be executed by Indian Railways with funding from Centre. Railway officials said SSA will pave way for additional surveys,preparation of project reports with construction strategies.

Virar-Dahanu locals from April 16

Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan will inaugurate Virar-Dahanu Road local services on April 16.

Sources said there was a possibility Chavan may also sign a support agreement with the railways for the Churchgate-Virar elevated corridor,the first in the country,the same day.

The signing has been delayed due to differences between state and railways on FSI,land acquisition,utility shifting and way leave charges.

General manager Mahesh Kumar and other Western Railway senior officials met CM on April 9 to seek a modified agreement.

Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) is likely to appoint a financial consultant around the same time the support agreement for the Churchgate-Virar elevated corridor will be signed. MRVC has already appointed legal consultants Hemant Sahai Associates.

“CM is expected to sign the modified agreement on April 16,” said a senior railway official. Local services to Dahanu is part of Mumbai Urban Transport Project phase II,a World Bank-funded project.

While a schedule is awaited,it is learnt that six of the existing eight pairs of MEMU services will be extended and two introduced between Churchgate and Dahanu Road.

“The government wants to execute all major infrastructure before elections,” the official said.