MRVC plans to complete unfinished parts of MUTP II in 2016-17
Mumbai : The Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) on Wednesday announced the rail projects which the corporation will be completing in the coming fiscal year. In 2016-17 MRVC will not only undertake new projects coming under MUTP III but will complete the delayed projects under both MUTP II A and B. MRVC also announced the total completion of MUTP I.
MRVC Chairman Prabhat Sahai, while speaking to media on Wednesday, also announced the completion of the MUTP I and informed the list of undertaken and completed projects under MUTP II A and B which will be totally completed till March 2017. These projects includes additional track of 88 km, procurement of 72 rakes, introduction of 12 car locals on harbour and trans-harbour lines, DC to AC conversion on harbour and trans-harbour lines. In the fiscal year 2015-16, MRVC has procured all 30 rakes as planned by the Integral Coach Factory, Chennai and they are recieving additional 5 coaches in coming month. MRVC has sufficient 12 car rakes to introduce 12 car trains on harbour line and for accomodating 12 car trains all the platforms on the harbour line have been extended expect CST and Dockyard Road. MRVC will also be working on tresspassing control, adding 3 escalators, 2 lifts at Andheri station (for which MRVC is waiting for safety approvals). Sahai added that MRVC will complete the extention of harbour line from Andheri to Goregaon which will also helpin execution of Oshiwara station. Under MUTP II, 5th and 6th line at Thane-Diva strech and tresspassing control at 12 station will also be excexuted.
While MRVC will also be procuring 153 new coaches from ICF in coming fiscal year which are likely to be utilised on the harbour line for which the railway board has already given sanctions.
The third phase of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project recently got in-principle approval from NITI Ayog and has also recieved Rs 5000 crore as token allocation from this year’s rail budge and negotiations with the World Bank for over loan is to be commenced in May 2016. NITI Ayog has suggested inclusion of communication based train control (CBTC) on one of the lines under MUTP III and directed for fare reforms and cab-signalling for which a proposal has been sent to railway board and MRVC is awaiting the sanction.
MUTP III includes projects like quadrupling of the Virar-Dahanu corridor, doubling of the Panvel- Karjat route, and elevated corridor on Airoli-Kalwa. It also includes induction of 47 12 car rakes, 300 additional suburban services and tress pass control measures at 22 vulnerable mid section locations.