Assocham moots MRTS for Mumbai

Press Trust of India Mumbai | Updated on August 22, 2011

Developing new mass rapid transit system (MRTS) will help decongest the already choked roads of the metropolis and cope with rapid urbanisation, according to a report by Assocham.

“Crumbling infrastructure in Mumbai will be inadequate to bear the projected population of 3.3 crore by 2030, up from over 2.3 crore at present. Introduction of an MRTS will help decongest the roads and cope with rapid urbanisation in and around the country's financial capital,” Assocham said in a report titled ‘Urbanising India and mega metro network: Vision for the emerging cities of India 2030'.

Delhi, an example

According to the report, the number of cities with over 10 lakh population will increase from 48 to 68, while cities with population of over 40 lakh will almost double from seven at present to 13 in the next two decades.

“The rapidly progressing city lacks a credible public transport system as the existing road and rail network cannot take the load any longer. The Government, therefore, needs to put the metro project, which can end transportation woes of the city, on a fast track,” the Assocham Secretary-General, Mr D.S. Rawat, said.

Noting that the Delhi Metro has significantly reduced air pollution, road accidents and traffic congestion apart from saving fuel, it said, “fuel saving due to the Delhi Metro could notch up to Rs 8,000 crore in 2011-12 and rise to Rs 15,000 crore by 2020.”

Published on August 22, 2011

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