Mumbai needs Rs 2 lakh cr for transportation

Our Bureau Mumbai | Updated on February 25, 2011

An estimate of the transportation infrastructure planned over the next two decades for the Mumbai metropolitan region pegs the cost at Rs 2.07 lakh crore. Of this, 40 per cent of the projects fall in Thane district.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority with World Bank's technical assistance under the Mumbai urban transport project carried out a comprehensive transportation study to identify the travel pattern of residents and recommend a long-term strategy for the region.

To address the travel demand for the next two decades (up to 2031), 450 km of metro (24 corridors), 241 km of sub-urban (10 corridors), 1,740 km of highway/road network has been proposed.

The length of higher order access controlled freeway system comprising 24 corridors is about 540 km. About 780 km of existing roads, including state highways and major district roads need to be upgraded, besides 420 km of new roads laid.

Ms Ashwini Bhide, Additional Metropolitan Commissioner, MMRDA, said, “The transport proposals in Thane district include metro and monorail corridors, additional sub-urban rail corridors, higher order highway corridors, inter state bus terminals, inter city bus terminals, inter city rail terminals, major and mini truck terminals.

Planners have already said the metropolitan region would have a population of 3.4 crore by 2031 and six districts such as Navi Mumbai (334 sqkm) were required to accommodate the populace.

Published on February 25, 2011

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