A day after ruling BJP's sterling performance in the 164 municipal councils and nagar panchayats across Maharashtra, the Centre has cleared an ambitious Rs 10,947 crore Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) phase III, to be implemented between 2017 and 2022. These projects will be undertaken on central, western and harbour railway lines which carry over 7.6 million passengers daily, in Greater Mumbai and suburbs. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to make announcement in this regard during his visit to the city on Decemver 10 to lay foundation stone for the Rs 10,986 crore DN Nagar to Mankurd Metro railway line which is a part of state government's plan to increase metro network to 118 km in five years from the present 11.4 km.
Some of the key projects include quadrupling of 63 km Vasai-Dahanu line (Rs 3,555 crore), doubling of 28 km Panvel-Karjat line (Rs 2,618 crore), 47 trains of 14 coaches each (Rs 2,899 crore), tresspass control measures (Rs 520 crore) and Airoli-Kalwa link road (Rs 428 crore). These projects are aimed to meet the demands of the ever growing commuter traffic due to the rapid urbanization. They are part of MUTP phase III which entails a total investment of Rs 52,000 crore. Other projects comprised a 46.6 km fast corridor from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus to Panvel with a connection to the proposed new Navi Mumbai International Airport (Rs 11,000 crore), extending the Harbour Line to Borivali, and multiple additional tracks being laid on existing routes.
The Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC), a Public Sector Undertaking of Government of India under Ministry of Railways (MoR) incorporated under Companies Act, has launched talks with the World Bank for financial assistance for the implementation of MUTP III.
The union cabinet's approval comes when the BJP and its ally Shiv Sena have started preparations for the crucial election to the 227 member BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). The saffron alliance is ruling India's richest civic body with an annual budget of over Rs 38,000 crore since the last 25 years. Both the parties are gearing up for a solo fight though the decision will be ultimately taken by the high commands of the respective parties ahead of poll slated for February next year.
State government official told Business Standard,''MUTP is formulated by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) to bring about improvement in the traffic and transport situation in the Mumbai metropolitan region with the active involvement of Indian Railways, Maharashtra Government, MRVC, BMC and the World Bank.'' He informed that MUTP's Phase I began in 2002 and was completed in 2011 with total investment of Rs 4,526 crore. The phase II was launched with an estimated cost of Rs 7,006 crore. The Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP), is a project formulated by the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) to bring about improvement in the traffic and transport situation in the Mumbai metropolitan region with the assistance of the World Bank.