MoU signed for rail projects worth Rs 10,947 crore for MUTP Phase-3

An MoU for rail projects under MUTP-3 was signed between the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation, State Government, MMRDA and CIDCO in the presence of Chief Minister Shri Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray on Jul 9, 2020.

This agreement will accelerate the following works:

  • 28 km new Railway lines between Panvel and Karjat.
  • 3.5 km elevated Railway track between Airoli and Kalva.

  • 63 km quadrupling of the railway lines between Virar-Dahanu (third and fourth railway lines).
  • Procurement of new trains (47 rakes).
  • Trespass control on the Central and Western Railway’s central zone.

About the project:

  • The estimated cost of these projects is Rs. 10,947 crore.
  • The project is expected to be completed in the next 5 years.
  • The Mumbai Urban Transport Project Stage-3 (MUTP-3) will improve the quality of     suburban Railway services in Mumbai.
  • MUTP-3 project is jointly financed by the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), Government of India & Government of Maharashtra.
  • AIIB would be providing a loan of Rs 3,500 crore and an agreement will be signed this month.
  • The Centre has allocated Rs 300 crore for MUTP-3 in the budget 2020-21.
  • The objective of the Project is to enhance the network capacity, service quality and safety of Mumbai’s suburban railway system.

Benefits of MUTP-3:

  • Additional 63.5 Kms of track will be constructed.
  • Creation of additional capacities by introducing new Suburban Corridors.
  • New Suburban Corridors will lead to development of new CBDs.
  • Reduction in fatalities due to Trespassing & falling of passengers from train.
  • Seamless travelling for longer distance suburban passengers by extending & creating corridors.
  • The Project will provide sustainable, high-capacity and safe cross-regional connectivity in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).
  • Through providing better and more efficient connections among various districts, it will improve mobility and safety of the suburban population of MMR. 

Expected Results:

  • Increased network capacity as measured by average daily ridership.
  • Reduction in journey time for commuters.
  • Reduction in trespassing and fatal accidents at priority sections of the Mumbai suburban railway network.
  • Improved female passengers’ satisfaction with station facilities.

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