Rail planners will discuss a series of new projects when Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Chairman of Railway Board Ashwani Lohani visit the city on Friday.
The Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) has clubbed the projects under the third phase of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project, which was sanctioned in December last year. The plan has been proposed by assessing the city’s requirements in 2031.
A senior railway official said, “MUTP 3A is not only looking at expanding the suburban rail network but also modernising the system and making it more safe and secure.” A total of 210 AC EMU rakes will be procured as part of the project, which will cost around ₹44,000 crore. The plan includes an elevated fast track project between CST and Panvel and the suburban line linking Panvel and Virar. The plan also includes proposals for a new signalling system, which will be on a par with those used in modern metro networks.
Other proposals include construction of new lines on existing corridors: Line 5 and Line 6 between Borivali and Virar; Line 3 and Line 4 between Kalyan and Badlapur and another line between Kalyan and Asangaon