Union Budget allocates Rs 5,000 cr for bullet train, MUTP gets Rs 550 cr
The budget has allocated Rs 500 crore for construction of a new outstation terminus at Jogeshwari
The Central government has allocated Rs 5,000-crore for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project in the Union Budget 2020-21.
The Central government has allocated the money through a special fund – extra budgetary resources (EBR). The 508 km long high-speed corridor, which will cut down travel time between the two cities to around three hours, is estimated to cost Rs 1.10 lakh crore.
Besides the bullet train, the budget has allocated Rs 500 crore for construction of a new outstation terminus at Jogeshwari; Rs 550 crore for different works under the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP).
While MUTP-2 involves works to separate suburban and outstation train corridors, MUTP-3 and MUTP-3A are meant to improve connectivity in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) and procure air-conditioned locals. Passenger amenities on the suburban railway network, too, have got a fillip with an allocation of Rs 295.6 crore.
This includes Rs 38.5 crore for passenger amenities such as construction of foot overbridges at Dadar, Lower Parel, Prabhadevi, Mulund, Goregaon, Bandra, Vikhroli, Vasai Road, Titwala, Nallasopara, Atgaon, Virar, Ulhasnagar, Kasara, Ambivali, Vasind, Wadala, Govandi and Tilak Nagar railway stations.
Funds have also been allocated for regirdering, construction of road overbridges at Charni Road, Prabhadevi, Vikhroli and Kalyan. Rebuilding of station building at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Andheri and Borivli has been approved too.