Mum­bai­ites un­happy as big-ticket projects picked over their de­mands

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Kailash Korde and Chetna Yerunkar ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­

Rail­way min­is­ter Suresh Prabhu’s se­cond bud­get turned out to be a mixed bag for the 75 lakh sub­ur­ban com­muters in Mum­bai. The bud­get has pro­vi­sions to im­prove com­mute in the long- term, but it did not pro­vide any short-term re­lief for pas­sen­gers, said trans­port ex­perts and com- muters’ or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Al­though the min­is­ter did not hike fares, com­muters in the city were hop­ing that Prabhu, a f el­low Mum­bai­ite, would an­nounce var­i­ous im­me­di­ate mea­sures to ease their daily travel. They were pri­mar­ily ex­pect­ing mea­sures to re­duce the crowd­ing in trains with the in­tro­duc­tion of more sub­ur­ban ser­vices and ad­di­tional tracks.

How­ever, Prabhu put fu­tur­is­tic big-ticket projects such as the el­e­vated rail cor­ri­dors be­tween Church­gate and Vi­rar and CST and Pan­vel, and the much-talked about Mum­bai-Ahmed­abad bul­let train pro­ject on track.

He an­nounced the cre­ation of a spe­cial pur­pose ve­hi­cle (SPV) within a month to kick­start the Rs98,000- crore bul­let train pro­ject.


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