The 47 air-conditioned (AC) local trains, which the city was to get by 2021 under the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP-3), will now arrive even later as there is uncertainty over which agency will put them on the tracks. This AC train project is different from the current AC train that runs on WR.
The Rs10,900-crore MUTP-3 was launched more than three years ago to improve the capacity and quality of existing train corridors in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). More than 80 lakh commuters use the suburban train network on a daily basis.
The Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC), a body specially created for planning and implementing suburban railway projects, wants the entire AC train project to be handed over to the Chennai-based Integral Coach Factory (ICF) of Railways, while the suburban sections of Central Railway (CR) and Western Railway (WR) — who will be running the trains – want it to be implemented through MRVC. Read More
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