8 new suburban rail corridors on anvil

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By Akshay Deshmane www.dnaindia.com

The Mumbai metropolitan region (MMR) could boast of at least eight new suburban railway corridors in years to come.

The board of directors of the city’s railway think tank, the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC), on Thursday approved the eight railway corridors – many of which were proposed by the Mumbai Metropolian Region Development Authority (MMRDA) early this year.

Collectively pegged at Rs52,000 crore, these corridors are a part of phase three of the Mumbai urban transport project. This phase itself has been divided into several others to aid its implementation.

The MRVC board has already set the ball rolling on the first split stage of the third phase. A fast corridor on the Harbour line and the setting up of a new corridor on the Virar-Vasai Road-Diva-Panvel stretch are high on the planners’ agenda, considering the mammoth potential for growth in these new areas of the MMR. Both the projects are together likely to cost about Rs10, 000 crore.

A senior official of the MRVC, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said feasibility studies for new suburban services will soon begin on the two stretches.

“RITES (Rail India Technical and Economic Services) is most likely to conduct them. Since it is a railway organisation, we expect authorities to expedite the procedure.” More info

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