Rly Ministry proposes elevated road network for Mumbai

OUR BUREAU | | Updated on: Dec 06, 2021

To supplement existing elevated rail corridor project

The Railway Ministry has added a new dimension to Mumbai’s elevated rail corridor project. On top of the proposed rail corridor, it wants to add a road network, which could immensely change the pubic transportation system in the region.

Final report On Sunday, Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, at a public function to launch the third phase of Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP), announced that the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority, has been asked to undertake a feasibility study and a research paper would be ready within two months.

The 21,000-crore Churchgate to Virar elevated railway corridor project was first proposed in the 2007 Railway budget by the then Union Minister Laloo Prasad Yadav.

Passenger explosion

Since then, the project has seen different stages of planning. Prabhu said that more than 75 lakh people travel by suburban railways in Mumbai.

The passenger numbers are rising but the existing lines cannot be expanded due to space constraints.

“Just imagine the benefits of elevated roads, which will accrue to Mumbai city,” he said.

The Minister on the occasion launched the third phase of MUTP, which costs ₹11,000 crore and adds 190 route-kilometres to the Mumbai suburban rail network.

Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, also announced that the State government is ready to invest ₹10,000 crore for various railway projects in the State.

Published on June 28, 2015
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