Mumbaikars will have to wait for at least four months to travel on an air-conditioned train between Churchgate and Borivli.
The Electric Multiple Unit rake was expected to arrive in Mumbai in May. “It is now expected to arrive in three to four months,” said Kul Bhusan, railway board member (electric). “The rake is under production at Integral Coach Factory in Chennai,” railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal told mediapersons on Tuesday.
Bansal was in the city to flag off the Dahanu-Churchgate route, inaugurate the mechanized laundry at Wadi Bunder and Ahmedabad, a dormitory at CST, a base kitchen at Mumbai Central and for the dedication of LTT new building.
Bansal and railway board officials requested the state to release funds for Mumbai Urban Transport Project-II, executed by the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation ( MVRC). Last week, TOI reported that MRVC has decided to stop work on the project if the state does not release funds. “We had a discussion with the government and they agreed to release the funds,” said Bansal.
He added that they have signed a state support agreement with the government for “smooth execution” of the Rs 25,000 crore Oval Maidan-Virar elevated corridor.
CM Prithivraj Chavan told the assembly that the World Bank has sanctioned Rs 120 crore for the trespassing control project.