State nod for Panvel-cst corridor
Report with re-estimated cost will be submitted to railway board in 3 months
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.