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MUTP 3A: stations’ upgrade gets a boost

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A series of works aimed at upgrading 19 suburban railway stations might be among the first to be executed under the Mumbai Urban Transport Project 3A (MUTP 3A), which received an approval from the Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs last week.

The works clubbed under a project called ‘Station Improvement’ include 11 stations on the Central Railway (CR) and 8 on the Western Railway (WR). According to railway officials, the consultants for the designs have been appointed. “We are expecting the final designs for five railways stations to be submitted to the Railways in the next two weeks. The consultants will work on the rest once these five are finalised,” an official said.

MUTP 3A received a ₹50 crore allocation in the Interim Budget of 2019-2020 and will receive a matching grant from the Maharashtra government. A fair amount of preliminary work on the station improvement project, officials said, had already been done. “The project is solely within the purview of the Railways, unlike new lines or foot overbridges, which may require the assistance of local bodies or the State government. There is also an immediate requirement to enhance the capacity of the stations,” a railway officer said. The cost of the project is estimated at ₹947 crore and is expected to be completed by 2022.

The objective behind the project is to reduce congestion on platforms by creating a concourse and circulating area at each station, which will have amenities such as toilets and food stalls, and booking windows. Officials said the decks created at Andheri and Goregaon greatly improved the circulating area for the stations. Officials said decks will be considered for stations where there is a paucity of space.

Sources said the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation, the executing agency for the MUTP 3A, will be floating tenders to appoint consultants for the implementation of the Communication Based Train Control, a new signalling system for the suburban network.

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