The Union Cabinet has cleared the phase three of Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP). The approved project of Rs 8679 crore will boost rail infrastructure in Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Raigad districts of Maharashtra. As per official data, the completion cost of MUTP is Rs 10947 crore. The project involves expansion of the existing rail network to Dahanu via the construction of third and fourth lines between Virar and Dahanu, a connecting line between Airoli and Kalwa (4 km) and doubling of Panvel-Karjat line.
The Western Railway (WR) is already running suburban services on Virar-Dahanu Road route, which is over congested. Construction of additional double line between the route will relieve commuters in this region. This will provide the extension of rail services from Churchgate to Dahanu Road. Panvel-Karjat double line suburban corridor will provide an alternate route from Karjat to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai (CSTM) via Panvel which will be shorter by 23 km as compared to the existing route via Kalyan and will reduce travel time between CSTM to Karjat.
Presently, passengers commuting from Kalyan to Vashi/ Panvel or in reverse direction, have to get down at Thane and take Trans-Harbour link, which results in congestion at Thane. The project is expected to be completed in the next five years.