Lalu plans for better metros

Written by fe Bureau | New Delhi, Feb 26 | Updated: Feb 27 2008, 04:56am hrs
Apart from the new railway lines announced by railway minister Lalu Prasad, many projects in metros are nearing completion.

Phase-I of the Mumbai Urban Transport Projects (MUTP), entailing a total cost of Rs 3,125.20 crore, is expected to be completed by December 2009.

The government has also proposed to start Phase-II of MUTP with an investment of Rs 5,000 crore, Lalu Prasad said. This project will be financed by the railways ministry, state government and through multi-lateral funding. The government plans to complete Phase-II by the end of 11th Plan.

The Mumbai Suburban would also get 300 additional services while a special train will be run between Pune and Delhi Commonwealth Youth Games. The minister said that even after MUTP Phase I and II are completed, there will be shortage of suburban railway services.

"There is also a perceived need to introduce AC train services in Mumbai." The government has decided to conduct a pre-feasibility study for introduction of elevated fully air-conditioned metro services between Mumbai Central and Virar stations on western railway. "After establishing the financial viability of the project, its implementation will be considered through various alternatives including PPP," Lalu said.

In Chennai, the extension of mass rapid transport system (MRTS) Phase II from Velachery to St Thomas Mount is likely to be completed by December 2010. This project involves an investment worth Rs 496 crore.

The extension of metro railway from Tollyganj to Garia in Kolkata is likely to be completed by March 2009. This project involves an investment of Rs 1032.76 crore.