World Bank to extend funds to improve sub-urban train services
- Continuing its support to improve the railway infrastructure in the megapolis, the World Bank, has said that it will invest not only in improving the frequencies but also give priority to enhancing security and safety apart from sanitation facilities.
- World Bank is in a long tradition of partnering with the Railways and has been investing in hard infrastructure. But now it is planning to invest in improving basic sanitation facilities on stations, and improve safety and security, increasing the frequency of services.
- The three local lines,the Western, Central and Harbour lines together carry more than 10 million passengers a day, making the lifeline of the commercial capital that is home to close to 19 million people (in the island city alone) while the number of people in the Mumbai metropolitan region is well over 30 million.
- The state government has undertaken an ambitious Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP), which intends to improve the road and rail transportation network in the Mumbai metropolitan region and is being implemented with World Bank assistance and central and state government contributions.
- Under MUTP 1 and 2, a series of projects were initiated, including additional railway lines, new high-speed coaches and rakes, capacity enhancing, road over-bridges and foot over-bridges, improving railway stations with better access-exit points, spreading the sub-urban rail network to new satellite towns and cities in the metropolis.