Centre Allocates Rs 550 Crore To Mumbai Urban Transport Projects

According to 'pink book' detailing allocation for projects, Rs 200 crore is allocated for MUTP-2, Rs 300 crore for MUTP-3 and Rs 50 crore for MUTP-3A

Centre Allocates Rs 550 Crore To Mumbai Urban Transport Projects

The MUTP had received Rs 578 crore in financial year 2019-20, rail activists said.

Mumbai:

The Centre has allocated Rs 550 crore for Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) to expand and increase the capacity of Mumbai's suburban network.

According to the 'pink book', a budget document containing detailed allocation for various projects and works, which was released on Wednesday, Rs 200 crore has been allocated for MUTP-2, Rs 300 crore for MUTP-3 and Rs 50 crore for MUTP-3A.

However, the MUTP has received Rs 28 crore less funds compared to financial year 2019-20, when the total allocation for the MUTP was Rs 578 crore, rail activists said.

Although the funds for MUTP have decreased, the railways should focus on spending the entire allocation within a set deadline, National Railway Users Consultative Committee member Subhash Gupta said.

The budget document stated that the Belapur-Seawood-Uran project, which will provide connectivity to the proposed Navi Mumbai airport and Raigad district, would get Rs 100 crore in the financial year 2020-21.

In her budget speech last week, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had announced that trains such as Tejas would be operated for tourist destinations.

Focusing on the proposed private train operations from the city, the government has allocated Rs eight crore for Panvel terminus in Navi Mumbai and Rs one crore for a rail terminus at Jogeshwari in western suburbs, a railway official said.

The Western Railway received Rs 1.18 crore for the integrated security system at 32 of its suburban stations, and Rs 4.24 crore for conservation and restoration of Bandra station as a Grade-I heritage structure.

The Central Railway said Rs 55 crore was allocated for the 67 km-long third line between Kalyan and Kasara stations.

The budget will reduce the pressure on existing two lines and allow the railways to run more trains on the corridor.

Mumbai has received enough funds for passenger amenities and infrastructure facilities such as lifts, escalators and foot overbridges, a railway official said.

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