In a positive move, MMRDA – The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority has decided to revise the CTS study, it had finalised with technical assistance from the World Bank in 2008.
A private research consultancy firm was hired then to prepare an expansion plan of the transportation systems in MMR – The Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
The study was completed in 2008. Though the horizon years will remain the same, now the CTS will be based on more recent and accurate data.”
Projects like metro rails connectivity, suburban railway lines and highways in phases till 2031. The passenger water transport systems, the Sewri-Nhava Sheva Mumbai Trans Harbour Link, southwards connectivity to the Bandra-Worli sea link till Colaba, a Sewri-Worli elevated road, were some of the highlights of the CTS in 2008.
With an estimated cost in 2008 of Rs.1.34 lac crore, a completion of 206.6 km of metro rail network, 163.5 kms of additional suburban rail network, 163.1 kms of additional highway network, bus terminals was recommended in the plan.
So far only 11.4 km of Versova-Andheri-Ghatkopar elevated Metro corridor, one out of eight lines on suburban railway network (8-km link between Seawoods and Kharkopar), only two of the eight works on the Eastern Freeway and Thane-Ghodbunder Road, have been completed or underway till now, accounting for a little more than 20 percent completion of the planned expansion.
The proposed city of NAINA, the Special Economic Zone at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust, changes in the land-use at Wadala and alterations to development plans need to be accommodated in the CTS. Inclusion of the development plan for the 27 villages in the notified area of Kalyan and 51 villages in Bhiwandi is also on the cards.