Date of Post: 24 Oct, 2017
New Delhi: Railways in partnership with state governments & central agencies planning for elevated corridors over existing railway tracks in Mumbai, Delhi & Bengaluru that will improve safety & decongest the network.
Preliminary estimates have pegged the cost of an elevated corridor in Mumbai at around Rs 25,000 crore (approx US$ 3,852 Million). The state-run transporter hopes to complete the project in the next three to five years.
The Ambitious Plan:
- The elevated track will come up over the existing Mumbai suburban rail system & be spread over nearly 425km in length, excluding the single-line Metro & a short monorail system.
- Piyush Goyal, Railway Minister, said,”For Mumbai, DFCC (Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation) has already given a preliminary report, now we will put formal teams in place. For Bengaluru, I have told the railways… they are looking into this.”
- A study has been commissioned for Delhi as well, Goyal added.
- Asked whether the railways will partner with the DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation) for the Delhi project, Goyal said, “All options are open. It is a preliminary stage. Let the studies and costing come.”
The Elevated Corridor
- Elevated tracks equipped with elevators & escalators will make suburban rail travel safe as trespassing will not happen and the system will help differently-abled passengers, Goyal said.
- Also, the construction of elevated corridors include developing shopping malls & commercial spaces.
- Goyal has discussed raising the floor space index with Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to facilitate vertical development over existing stations, he said.
Plans Drawn Up To Revive Delhi’s Ring Railway
- Also, plans have been drawn up to revive 35-km long ring railway in Delhi by constructing elevated tracks as well as modernizing & redeveloping stations.
- Goyal has asked officials to conduct a study to finalize the revamp plan at the earliest.
- RITES (Rail India Technical & Economic Service) was likely to conduct the study, a source said.
- The ring railway comprising 21 stations will help decongest the national capital & also reduce air pollution once it is connected with Delhi Metro corridors, an official said.
- The revival of the ring railway was announced in the railway budget.
- The study will examine the existing master plan & land use plan on the route, with proposed & upcoming transport infrastructure & system plans, the official said.
- Information on existing freight & passenger traffic on ring railway, in terms of frequency, capacity, coaches & utilisation will be collected and plans for redevelopment of stations & monetisation of land assets around the corridor will also be studied.