The objective is to enhance the network capacity, service quality and safety of Mumbai’s suburban railway system.
The Project will provide sustainable, high-capacity and safe cross-regional connectivity in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR). Through providing better and more efficient connection among various districts, it will improve mobility and safety of the suburban population of MMR. The project consists of four components:
-Quadrupling of Virar – Dahanu Road corridor (64 km) to provide extension of suburban railway service which will serve growing suburban areas and connect the peripheral areas with Mumbai.
-Construction of new suburban railway corridor between Panvel and Karjat (28 km) to cater to the demand of commuters in the area under rapid urbanization and population growth.
-Installation of midsection trespass control measures, such as track segregation by fencing or reinforced concrete wall, pedestrian crossings over or under the tracks, on 36 priority sections of existing lines to reduce fatal accidents.
-Institutional strengthening, capacity building and technical assistance to strengthen institutional capacity of the implementing entity.
For more information about project financing, please review the project summary.
The AIIB’s Environmental and Social Policy (ESP) is applicable to the proposed Project. The Project has been assigned Category A in accordance with AIIB’s Environmental and Social Framework (ESF). The anticipated environmental and social risks and impacts may be substantial due to possibilities of land acquisition, physical displacements and resettlement, and ecologically sensitive areas near the alignments and cumulative impacts. Other temporary and reversible risks are envisaged during the construction phase.
The AIIB’s two Environmental and Social Standards (ESS) are triggered; ESS 1 (Environmental and Social Assessment and Management) and ESS 2 (Involuntary Resettlement). As required for Category A project, Environmental Assessments (EAs) and Social Impact Assessment (SIA) have been developed by MRVC. Three EAs and three SIAs, one each for the two alignments, and one for trespass facilities have been prepared. The EAs are accompanied by Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs). To address issues of land acquisition, physical and economic displacements guidance has been provided through a Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF). Environmental and social documents, including local language translations of their executive summaries have been disclosed.
Investment Operations Specialist – Transport
Prasanna V. Salian
Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance
Government of India
Chairman and Managing Director, Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation Ltd.