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Dec 01 2016 (15:21)  PM's cabinet meet approves Rs 10,000 crore Mumbai rail project (
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In great news for Mumbai commuters, the Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has approved the Mumbai Urban Transport Project Phase-III estimated to cost Rs 10,947 crores on completion.
The MUTP phase 3 has projects like the Rs 2618 crores Panvel-Karjat new suburban line, Rs 3555 crores Virar-Dahanu quadrupling (addition of two lines), the procurement of trains at Rs 2899 crores and Rs 428 crores for the elevated connector between Airoli and Kalwa.
The construction of additional two lines between Virar and Dahanu so that the congestion on the lines
rising out of suburban, passenger and goods trains being run can be alleviated.
The second major work is that of the Panvel-Karjat double line suburban corridor that 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.
The third work, the Airoli-Kalwa elevated corridor, will reduce congestion at Thane station and will also save time as these passengers can travel bypassing Thane. 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.
As reported earlier by DNA in its August 31 edition, the National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog had given its approval of the Rs 10947 crore third phase of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) in August. According to NITI Aayog documents, the MUTP 3 appraisal note (serial number 6938) was put up for approval on August 22 and was approved on August 26.
The MUTP saga so far: 1) MUTP phase 1 Cost - Rs 4452 crores and has been completed. Highlights included buying 909 Siemens coaches and adding two new lines between Virar and Borivali
2) MUTP phase 2A Cost- 4713 crores and is expected to be completed by March 2017. It included buying 72 Bombardier rakes and converting CR's traction from Direct Current to Alternating Current (DC-AC)
3) MUTP phase 2B Cost- 3374 crores and has projects expected to be completed in phases between 2019 to 2021. This includes the 6th line between Mumbai Central and Borivali, and extension of CST-Andheri Harbour line till Goregaon.
4) MUTP phase 2C Cost- Rs 714.1 crores, comprising mostly Harbour line projects, including running 12-coach trains on Harbour, and is expected to be completed by March 2017.
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