The mega Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP 3-A) worth Rs.54,777 crore, including the CSMT-Panvel elevated corridor, is set to get the government nod when it will be tabled before the cabinet for final approval. According to sources in the state government, suggestions / objections for the project along with other detailed discussions with members from the Finance and Urban Development department have already been completed. The green signal is all set to be given without any changes to all the projects proposed by the Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation, the nodal agency that proposed the MUTP 3-A.
According to the detail project report submitted by the MRVC, eight of the 11 proposed stations will be elevated, while three will be on ground. This will also be connected to the proposed monorail in Wadala, Metro 2-B in Mankhurd and CIDCO Metro line in Belapur.
The DPR was sent for objections and suggestions to Central and Western Railway. “We have not received any changes for alignment or for any project to be dropped. In fact, we have already prepared the relevant paperwork and answers to the projected questions by the Niti Aayog and the various boards. It is only the approval of the state government that is awaited,” said a senior MRVC official.
Once the sanction from the state is received, the MRVC will send the proposal to the Railway Board for clearance, following which it will be sent to the Niti Aayog and then put before the expanded Railway Board. Before it finally goes to the Centre, it will undergo inter-ministerial consultations.
The point of discussion between the state government and the railways was the financing of the project. It was tentatively agreed that the MRVC will raise Rs.14,000 crore of the total cost through loans. The remaining amount will be funded on a 50:50 cost sharing between the state and the railways.