MMRDA has already floated global bid for the study which is conducted every five to ten years

Mumbai : The city’s planning authority, MMRDA, has undertaken a technical evaluation process to appoint global consultants to update the Comprehensive Transportation Study (CTS). MMRDA floated global bids for the project on August 5.

CTS study is conducted every five to ten years to calculate the population, employment distribution and land distribution pattern to bring about an updated transport infrastructure.

Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) had completed its CTS study in July 2008 with World Bank assistance after it appointed a private consultant to carry out the comprehensive transport study and business plan of the entire Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).

Five global consultants have already shown interest to update the six-year old study. The study will be conducted for a period of 15 months.

 “The consultant will study the current population and employment focus-areas. Travel patterns would be calculated to ensure the need of additional metro corridors and suburban railway lines,” said an MMRDA official.

  The scope of work includes conceptualising a transportation network for the city till 2041.

The previous study, completed in 2008, was based on a population projection of 20.8 million and 7.6 million employed people.

 By 2031, the population was expected to grow by 1.5 to 1.7 times and employment by 1.9 to 2 times, making the MMR world’s second largest metropolitan area, after the city of Hyderabad.

 The need for a suburban railway system, metro networks and highway networks were recommended for the horizon year 2031 in the earlier study. However, only few were implemented and some are on the planning stage.

Recommendation to bring about a 450km of metro network was proposed under the 2008 CTS study. Also, 1739km of highway corridor and 248km of suburban line was proposed in the 2008 study.

“We have implemented 150km of metro network and 11km of metro network is currently operational. We are looking at bringing about two metro corridors, namely Thane-Bhiwandi-Kalyan and metro corridor Wadala-Ghatkopar-Teen Hath Naka (Thane)- Kasarwadavli. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus-Panvel high-speed corridor was also proposed in the earlier study and it is currently under implementation,” added an MMRDA official.

Major road networks like Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) and Virar-Alibaug Multi Modal Corridor (MMC) were also proposed under the 2008 study. “The MMC corridor has emerged from the earlier CTS study and we are looking forward for it. We will also recommend Light Rail System (LRS) and Personal Rapid Transit System (PRTS) in the present CTS,” said an MMRDA official.

Highlights

l 450 km of metro network was proposed under the 2008 CTS study. Also, 1,739 km of highway corridor and 248 km of suburban line was proposed in the 2008 study.

l 150 km of metro network is under implementation and 11km of metro network is currently operational.

l The Virar-Alibaug MMC corridor had emerged from the earlier CTS study.

l Light Rail System (LRS) and Personal Rapid Transit System (PRTS) to be recommended in the present CTS.

l The scope of work includes conceptualising a transportation network for the city till 2041.

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