Piyush Goel, the Railway Minister is paving way for a smooth ride for the commuters in Mumbai. After his lead saw Footover Bridge coming up in important stations, including Elphinstone Station, is helping out commuters in a big way. Now he has brought budget proposal to boost our local railways system. Railway Minister is having a very soft corner for Mumbai. An amount of Rs 11,000 crore has been sanctioned for doubling the lines under Phase III of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) — or MUTP 3 — and approval for projects worth Rs 40,000 crore was granted. The Mumbai transport system, which is the lifeline of the city, is being expanded and augmented to add 90 km of double line track at the cost of Rs 11,000 crore. The new tracks include an additional double track between Virar and Dahanu as well as a new line connecting Karjat with Panvel. The Finance Minister referred to MUTP 3A in his budget expansion: 100 and 50 kilometres of additional suburban network is being planned in Mumbai at the cost of Rs 40,000 crore, including elevated corridors in some sections. Other proposals in the Budget include creating a new suburban corridor between Panvel and Virar, extending the Harbour Line till Borivali, and constructing new lines on existing corridors such as Line 5 and 6 between Borivali and Virar, Line 3 and 4 between Kalyan and Badlapur, and a fourth line between Kalyan and Asangaon. The Mumbai local train network, which caters to more than 7.5 million passengers daily, is spread over 465 km across Mumbai.
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