Budget 2019: Rs 584 crores allocated to Mumbai Urban Transport Project

Several key railway projects in the Mumbai region are likely to be expedited, with the union budget making sufficient provisions for the megapolis, railway officials have assured

The interim budget 2019 has made a provision of Rs 584 crores, for various phases of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP). The interim budget presented by finance minister Piyush Goyal, has allotted Rs 7,672 crores for the Central Railway in total, of which Rs 744 crores are for various transport projects. It will cover the Belapur-Seawood-Uran railway line project in the Mumbai region.

For the Western Railway, the budget has proposed allocation of Rs 6,128 crores, to execute various existing projects. For Mumbai, these projects include the construction of a second terminal at suburban Jogeshwari, bringing in 15-car local rakes and improvements in passenger amenities. Mumbai is the headquarters of the Central Railway and Western Railway. Railway projects in the city are executed by the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC), a joint venture of the Railway Ministry and the Maharashtra government.

“We have got Rs 584 crores, to execute projects under the MUTP phase 2, phase 3 and phase 3A. The same amount will be contributed by the state government, which means we will be getting Rs 1,168 crores. This much funds are quite adequate for us,” said the chairman and managing director of MRVC, RS Khurana.

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Major projects under the MUTP-3A include the fast elevated corridor between CSMT Mumbai-Panvel, a new suburban corridor between Panvel-Virar, extension of the Harbour Line from Goregaon to Borivali, construction of a fifth and sixth line between Borivali and Virar, a fourth line between Kalyan and Asangaon and a third and fourth line between Kalyan and Badlapur.

Khurana said Rs 50 crores have been allocated for MUTP 3A, which means the state government will also provide Rs 50 crores and a total of Rs 100 crores will be available. “All these projects of MUTP-3A are under final consideration, for sanction. As soon we get the sanction, the work will start,” Khurana said.

CR officials also expressed hope that they will not face a fund crunch. Chief PRO of Central Railway Sunil Udasi said, “Like the past few years, we have got sufficient allocations. We will continue executing various projects as per target.” Western Railway chief spokesperson Ravinder Bhakar said, “With the funds earmarked, we will be able to carry out different works, such those related to track renewal, bridge safety, integrated security system, signalling and telecommunication.”