New Delhi: Indian Railways’ apex body Railway Board has given in-principle approval to ₹ 55,000 crore Mumbai suburban railway project. It involves addition of 90 km double line tracks to the present around 450 km of network and 150 km of additional suburban network.
A senior railway official on condition of anonymity said, “Railway Board last week gave in principle-approval to the project and so did Maharashtra government." He added that the project would now go to Niti Aayog and ministry of finance for their approvals before a final Union Cabinet nod. The government wants to clear the project before March 2019 as it was a Budget promise.
In February, finance minister Arun Jaitley while presenting the Union Budget 2018-19 had said Mumbai’s transport system, the lifeline of the city, is being expanded and augmented to add 90 kilometers of double line tracks at a cost of over Rs11,000 crore. 150 kilometers of additional suburban network is being planned at a cost of over Rs40,000 crore, including elevated corridors on some sections.