State nod for Pan­vel-cst cor­ri­dor

Re­port with re-es­ti­mated cost will be sub­mit­ted to rail­way board in 3 months

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - - METRO - Suren­dra P Gan­gan

MUM­BAI: With the state gov­ern­ment giv­ing its con­sent to the rail­ways for a fast-track el­e­vated rail cor­ri­dor be­tween CST and Pan­vel, the MRVC is all set to re­vise the De­tailed Project Re­port (DPR) and re-es­ti­mate the cost and sub­mit it to the Rail­way Board in the next three months.

The cor­ri­dor, which will con­nect the ex­ist­ing air­port with the upcoming one at Navi Mum­bai, is likely to pass through Mum­bai Port Trust (MBPT) land in south and cen­tral Mum­bai.

In a re­cent meet­ing be­tween of­fi­cials from the Mum­bai Rail­way Vikas Cor­po­ra­tion (MRVC), the state gov­ern­ment and City and In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion of Ma­ha­rash­tra (Cidco), the state has agreed to im­ple­ment the project on A cash­con­tract ba­sis, shar­ing 50% cost of the project and ap­point­ing the MRVC as the nodal agency. The project now needs to be re­designed and the MRVC has ini­ti­ated the process and is ex­pected to sub­mit the re­vised DPR to the Rail­way Board, which then will make the nec­es­sary pro­vi­sions for the fund­ing.

“Ac­cord­ing to the ear­lier DPR, pre­pared in 2014 with an es­ti­mated cost of Rs10,000 crore, the cor­ri­dor had to run along­side the ex­ist­ing track be­tween Wadala and Dock­yard Road and on the me­dian of P D’mello Road till CST. Since the MMRDA has pro­posed an ex­ten­sion of the eastern free­way un­til CST and CR plans to build a fifth and sixth track, we will have to move fur­ther east and take over the MBPT land,” said a rail­way of­fi­cial on the con­di­tion of anonymity.

“Sim­i­larly, we will have two sep­a­rate spurs con­nect­ing the ex­ist­ing air­port to the upcoming one in Navi Mum­bai. The Metro line at Mankhurd will be in­te­grated with the cor­ri­dor to cut on the cost on par­al­lel ser­vices. Also, we have now de­cided to align it with Palm Beach Road in­stead of build­ing it along­side the Har­bour line sta­tions from Vashi to Be­la­pur. The new align­ment will in­stead cater to the new catch­ment area on Palm Beach Road,” he said.

“We have given MRVC the con­sent on the three in a meet­ing held a few weeks ago. Once the new DPR is read­ied, the pro­posal will be moved be­fore the state cabi­net for ap­proval,” said Nitin Ka­reer, prin­ci­pal sec­re­tary, ur­ban de­vel­op­ment depart­ment of the state gov­ern­ment.

Rail­way min­is­ter Suresh Prabhu, dur­ing his bud­get speech in Par­lia­ment on Thurs­day, had an­nounced they were work­ing to­wards achiev­ing fi­nan­cial clo­sure and early award of the ten­ders for two el­e­vated cor­ri­dors — the other be­ing the Church­gat­e­vi­rar cor­ri­dor. “The fi­nal pro­posal with the re­vised de­sign and the re­worked cost is ex­pected to be sub­mit­ted in three months,” said Prab­hat Sa­hay, CMD, MRVC.

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