Mumbai To Get More AC Trains, Better Amenities As Cabinet Approves Transport Project
In a move that would provide ease of travelling to Mumbaikars, the government on March 7 approved a plan to upgrade its suburban rail network. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on March 7 approved Phase-IIIA of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project.
Under the project, air-conditioned coaches with automatic doors will be included in the network to “improve comfort level and safety of commuters”. It is worth mentioning here that India's first air-conditioned (AC) suburban train started its services in Mumbai in December 2017.
Now, a total of Rs 33,690 crore would be invested to extend the existing routes on the Mumbai suburban network while building new corridors to provide “seamless travel for long-distance suburban passengers”. The project is likely to be completed in five years, said a government statement released on Thursday.
Apart from improving passenger amenities, authorities will also decongest the entry and exit points at railways stations to offer better ease of travel. They will also increase in safety, capacity and efficiency of suburban network by introduction of communication-based train control system.
Among the many projects that will now see the light of the day are extension of the Harbour line from Goregaon to Borivali, construction of 5th and 6th line between Borivali and Virar, 4th line between Kalyan and Asangaon, 3rd and 4th line between Kalyan and Badlapur, segregation of long-distance and suburban train at the Kalyan Yard. A total of 191 AC local trains would also be procured using the funds allocated on March 7.
The Mumbai suburban railway network on Central and Western Railways has 385 route-km. There are five corridors, two on the Western Railway, two on the Central Railway and one on the Harbour Line. Everyday about eight million people travel in the suburban sections in more than 3,000 train services. There is severe overcrowding in the suburban trains and during peak hours, passengers carried are more than four times the carrying capacity.
Every day, about eight million people travel in the suburban sections in more than 3,000 train services. There is severe overcrowding in the suburban trains and during peak hours, number of passengers carried is more than four times the carrying capacity.
With inputs from Housing News