Three transport corporations for Mumbai Metro Region proposed

Written by Prachi Karnik Pradhan | Mumbai | Updated: Jan 28 2008, 06:01am hrs
As a long-term strategy for the transport sector in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Lea International Ltd, in its report on Long Term Transportation Strategy for MMR, has proposed setting up of three corporations, namely, the MMR Surface Transport Corporation, MMR Rail Transport Corporation and MMR Marine Transport Corporation. The Comprehensive Transportation Study was carried out on behalf of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).

MMRDA metropolitan commissioner Ratnakar Gaikwad said at present there were 24 agencies involved in the transport sector in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). Funding arrangements for urban transport infrastructure and services in MMR are split between a number of national, state and local government agencies. No single agency has the role or responsibility for preparing affordable, integrated investment and operations budget to meet the travel demands and policy objectives. Inadequate funding for transport schemes has severely affected Mumbai, said Gaikwad.

Gaikwad further noted that infrastructure project implementation has experienced delays due to poor accountability and weak inter-agency co-ordination.

Projects may get delayed owing to prolonged issues of land acquisition, environmental objections, inability to adjust user charges and tariff, lack of accountability for raising financial resources and inadequate transparency in procurement of service mechanism, said an MMRDA official.

The official said to promote integrated Mumbai transport system development, transport services must be regulated. However, another official, added that bus services between adjacent jurisdictions should be run as through services on shared basis. Fare revisions should be made intermittently, the electric supply operations of the BEST need to be separated from the transport operations. All these decisions would require necessary amendments to the act.