Mumbai Urban Transport Project 3A: Mumbaikars, take a note! The Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) is all set to start work on projects, which are under the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) phase 3A by the end of this month. With this phase, travelling in Mumbai locals will get easier and with extensions, more areas of the city will be connected. According to an HT report, the work includes station improvement as well as inviting bids for Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) system. With CBTC technology, the MRVC aims to enhance the safety of passengers as well as efficiency and reduce headway between local trains on Central Railway and Western Railway zones. The phase 3A of MUTP was approved last week by Prime Minister Narendra Modi headed Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA).
The CBTC system with advanced technology is being introduced in order to provide Platform Screen Doors (PSD). The move will reduce the cases of trespass at railway stations, which often result in casualties as people cross the station platforms through tracks instead of using Foot Over Bridges (FOBs). Also, the CBTC system is likely to reduce headway of the local trains. At present, the headway between local trains is up to 3 minutes. With CBTC, the headway will be reduced up till 2 minutes. According to a senior MRVC official quoted in the report, CBTC is a complex project and requires detailed design of all railway stations as well as platforms.
The CBTC technology has been proposed on all railway sections of Mumbai’s suburban network viz. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT)-Panvel on Harbour line and Trans Harbour line, CSMT-Kalyan section (on both slow and fast lines) and Churchgate-Virar section (on both slow and fast lines).
The entire project is worth Rs. 30,849 crore, with completion cost of Rs. 33,690 crore. The CBTC project, which will be implemented on the suburban railway route on both Central and Western Railways will cost an amount of Rs. 5,928 crore. The development work on phase 3A is likely to be completed over the next five years.
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