Centre allocates Rs 550 crore for Mumbai Urban Transport Project

The Centre has allocated Rs 550 crore for Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP), undertaken to expand and increase the capacity of Mumbai’s suburban network. Rs 200 crore has been allocated for MUTP-2, Rs 300 crore for MUTP-3 and Rs 50 crore for MUTP-3A, according to the ‘pink book’, which was released recently.

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  • The document contained detailed allocations of various projects and works.
  • It stated that the Belapur-Seawood-Uran project would get Rs 100 crore in the financial year 2020-21.
  • The project will provide connectivity to the proposed Navi Mumbai airport and Raigad district.
  • Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her budget speech last week announced that trains like Tejas would be run for tourist destinations.
  • A railway official said, focusing on the proposed private train operations from the city, the government has allocated Rs 8 crore for Panvel terminus in Navi Mumbai and Rs 1 crore for a rail terminus at Jogeshwari in western suburbs.
  • The Western Railway received Rs 1.18 crore for the integrated security system at 32 of its suburban stations, and Rs 4.24 crore for conservation and restoration of Bandra station as a Grade-I heritage structure.
  • Rs 55 crore was allocated for the 67 km-long third line between Kalyan-Kasara stations, the Central Railway said.
  • The budget will reduce pressure on the existing two lines and allow the railways to run more trains on the corridor.
  • A railway official said Mumbai has received enough funds for passenger amenities and infrastructure facilities such as lifts, escalators and foot overbridges.