Rail budget: Maharashtra's outlay for FY17 up 10% at Rs 4,767 cr

Commuters disembark from crowded suburban trains during the morning rush hour at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai on Thursday. -- Paul Noronha

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Work to commence on 11 routes, MUTP Phase-3 approved

Mumbai, Feb 25

Using a mix of capital allocation, extra-budgetary resources from institutional financing, and public-private partnerships, Maharashtra has been given a total outlay of Rs 4,767 crore for FY17, a 10 per cent increase over last year (see table).

New works on 11 routes — Pune-Nashik, Vaibhavwadi-Kolhapur, the fourth line between Jalgaon-Bhusawal, Daund-Manmad doubling, Manmad-Jalgaon third line, Wardha-Nagpur fourth line, Indore-Manmad via Malegaon, Jeur-Aashti, Latur-Nanded via Loha, Ahmednagar, Gadchandur-Adilabad and Jalna-Khamgaon is being undertaken in FY17.

Surveys for railway lines between Pachora and Jamner and an extension to Malkapur, Bodhan-Biloli-Mukhed-Jalkot-Latur Road, Manwath Rd.-Parli Vaijnath via Sonpeth, Narkhed-Washim, Shrirampur-Newasa-Shevgaon-Georai-Parali, Titwala-Murbad and Gulbarga-Latur will be done.

In addition a total of 31 road overbridges and 35 road underbridges has also been sanctioned for implementation.

Electrification on the Pen-Roha (Central Railway), Pune-Miraj-Kolhapur (CR), Miraj-Londa (South Western Railway), Gondia-Nainpur-Jabalpur (Southeast Central Railway), Jasai-Uran and Chalisgaon-Dhule (both CR) routes will be taken up next fiscal.

The Rail Ministry has given the go-head to the Mumbai Urban Transport Project Phase–3. The project envisages extension of the harbour line up to Borivali, Panvel-Virar connectivity, a fast corridor on the harbour line between Mumbai CST-Panvel, and additional lines between Kalyan- Kasara and Kalyan-Karjat at an estimated cost of about Rs 52,000 crore to be completed by the year 2031.

To decongest the megapolis of Mumbai, IR plans to do the financial closure and early award of tenders for two elevated corridors, Churchgate–Virar and CSTM-Panvel by next fiscal, besides raising the platform height of suburban stations to minimise fatal accidents.

A terminus for south-bound trains at Panvel and another at Thakurli near Kalyan for north-bound trains has been envisaged to de-congest the existing terminal stations at Mumbai CST, Dadar and LTT.

Published on February 25, 2016

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