In order to plan for better infrastructure in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Auth-ority (MMRDA) will commission a detailed transportation study.
In order to account for the increase in population in MMR and the changes in transport systems, MMRDA will commission a study to update its Comprehensive Transport Study. File pic
The study will update the facts and data recorded in the earlier Comprehensive Transport Study (CTS) undertaken between 2005 and 2007, accounting for the sea change that has taken place in the city in the last seven years.
MMRDA Joint Project Director Dilip Kawathkar said, “MMRDA was formed with an intent to do development in MMR. A few years back, we had done a CTS and we have now decided to update the study, as there have been many developments since our last report.
This will help us plan for better development.” The last study was done by an appointed private consultant and was funded by the World Bank; it cost about Rs 5 crore. In a report released in 2008, the consultant had outlined many suggestions for improving transport features in MMR.
But, most of these projects were not implemented. MMRDA has decided to commission the new study to account for the increase in population since 2008, cropping up of several roads and other development projects in the city.
Some of the key recommendations in the previous CTS report were building 1,740 km of highway networks, 248 km of the railway network, and 435 km of Metro lines (see box). The entire project if all suggestions were to be realised was estimated to cost Rs 1 lakh crore. But, except for the 11.04 km Metro, hardly anything has seen the light of the day.
MMRDA has already called for a private consultant to undertake the new study, which is also expected to cost around the same amount as last time. This project will take about two years and a report is expected to come out by 2017.
What the study will involve
>> Identify travel pattern of residents of MMR
>> Select, develop and operationalise an urban transport planning model using state-of-the-art modelling techniques and software package, appropriate to the needs of MMR
>> Identify the consequences of pursuing alternative transport strategies, and recommend/update a long-term comprehensive transport strategy for MMR
>> Identify for all modes, a phased programme of appropriate and affordable investments and policy proposals up to 2016
>> Help strengthen transport-planning skills, and transfer all data, planning model/tools and knowledge obtained through the study to other agencies such as Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC), CIDCO and BMC
Recommendations made in 2008
These are some of the suggestions given by the appointed consultant in the 2008 study. The measures were recommended keeping in mind the projected population of MMR in 2031
>> Development of the prevailing mass transit system & road network
>> 435 km Metro network, 1,740 km highway network and 248 km suburban railway network
>> Assist in establishment of Unified Mumbai Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMMTA)
>> Update schemes in MMR and development plan of the Urban Local Bodies based on transportation strategy