CCEA approves ₹33,690-cr for urban infra in Mumbai
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved Phase-III-A of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project involving an investment of ₹33,690 crore and the project is expected to be completed in the next five years.
It is worth mentioning here that the Mumbai suburban railway network on Central and Western Railways has 385 route km. There are five corridors, two on Western Railway, two on Central Railway and one on Harbour Line. Salient features of the project included the introduction of air-conditioned coaches with automatic door operation to improve comfort level and safety of commuters, seamless travel for long distance suburban passengers by extending and creating corridors and improvement in passenger amenities and improved passengers’ movement at stations.
In addition, they also included decongestion of entry/exit at the stations, increase in safety, capacity and efficiency of the suburban network by the introduction of Communication Based Train Control System and segregation of suburban rail operation on Central and Western Railway.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the government signed a $926 million loan agreement recently to operate two lines for the Mumbai metro rail system that will ease the distress of millions by decongesting the city.