Elevated road and rail projects to decongest Thane-Kalyan corridor

October 18, 2013

Agency: DNA |

Ateeq Shaikh
Pic for representational purpose.

Pic for representational purpose. – A Veeramani/DNA


After contemplating the idea of having an elevated road between Bandra and Dahisar, the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC) now plans to build an elevated rail and road link between Thane and Kalyan.

Speaking todna, SM Ramchandani, the joint managing director of MSRDC, said, “There is a plan to have an elevated road along National Highway 3, that is the Thane-Bhiwandi Bypass Road, for which we have floated bids for consultancy services.”

The consultant is likely to be appointed by the end of this month, who in turn will carry out a feasibility study including a ground survey, cost estimation, financial model, among other things.

In fact, even the Indian Railways has expressed interest in being part of the project by stating that the elevated road corridor can also accommodate a railway line.

The planned elevated link will be around 22-25km long, with entry and exit ramps in between.

The purpose of the project would be to decongest the increasing traffic due to rising population in the far-flung areas of Mumbai.

The state has been focusing on creating new Central Business Districts in the Mumbai metropolitan region, keeping the larger picture of decongestion of Mumbai in mind. However, due to the large cost associated with this elevated rail and road project, it is unlikely that it will be constructed in the near future.

Another official said that the plan is currently in the nascent stage and it should not be considered that the project will take off in the next couple of years.




Amritsar-Delhi-Kolkata corridor to get Rs 5,749 cr from Centre

September 20, 2013


Integrated manufacturing cluster proposed in each of the 7 States



The proposed Amritsar-Delhi-Kolkata Industrial Corridor (ADKIC), that seeks to promote industrialisation and job creation in 20 cities spanning seven States, will require an estimated Central funding of Rs 5,749 crore for building an Integrated Manufacturing Cluster in each State it passes through.

The Inter Ministerial Group (IMG), set up by the Prime Minister to do the preparatory work for the project, has suggested in its report that the Centre’s support for the project would be disbursed over 15 years and used for a variety of purposes.

This would include interest subvention (subsidy), share in equity, development of trunk infrastructure and initial project development grant to ADKIC Development Corporation, a release given out by the Prime Minister’s Office on Wednesday said.

Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Pulok Chatterji, will hold a meeting with IMG members and other relevant ministries on Friday, the release added. The IMG includes secretaries from the Ministries and Departments of Finance, Industrial Policy and Promotion, Urban Development, Shipping, Road Transport and Highways and Chairman of the Railway Board,

As per the IMG’s recommendations, the ADKIC will be aligned to the Eastern Development Freight Corridor and will span 20 cities in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. It proposes to leverage the existing Highway system on this route and the Inland Water System being developed.


The IMG has suggested setting up an Apex Monitoring Authority, under the Commerce and Industry, for overall guidance, planning and approvals, setting up of timelines for implementation and monitoring.

The development of ADKIC will be taken up in a band of 150-200 km on either side of EDFC in a phased manner.

In the first phase, every State could promote at least one Integrated Manufacturing Cluster of about 10 sq km, in which 40 per cent area would be earmarked permanently for manufacturing and processing activities.

ADKIC will use both the Public Private Partnership (PPP) approach and non-PPP approach.



27 level crossings to be eliminated in 625 km DFC route

September 18, 2013


NEW DELHI: In order to make freight movement seamless on the Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC), railways have undertaken steps for eliminating 27 level crossings along the 625 km long route between Rewari and Iqbalgarh.

While 22 road overbridges (ROB) and road underbridges (RUB) will come up in Rajasthan, five will be constructed in Haryana to do away with level crossings in the 625 km route, which is part of Western DFC.

“Rajasthan government has agreed to share the cost of construction of 22 road overbridges and road underbridges. We are having a discussion with Haryana government for working out details for eliminating level crossings on the DFC route,” said a senior Dedicated Frieght Corridor Corporation (DFCC) official.

DFCC had recently awarded a contract of approximately Rs 6700 cr to an international consortium of Sojitz-L&T for constructing 625 km long corridor between Rewari to Ikbalgarh.

DFC is to be commissioned without any level crossings along the route to make it faster and seamless movement of freight trains.

The construction of the ROB and RUB on the DFC route has to be shared equally between state government and railways.

Managing Director of DFCC R K Gupta had reviewed the arrangement for shifting utilities coming in the way of alignment of the DFC project.

The Western DFC project is likely to be completed by 2017 and expected to create multiple opportunities in industrial and transportation sector.


North – South railway station corridor soon

June 21, 2013

By Princy Alexander | ENS – KOCHI

The Kochi Corporation’s proposal for a corridor connecting the South railway station and North Town Station  in the city is likely to see the light of day, with the Mayor proposing to submit the project details to the state government soon.

Mayor Tony Chammany said that the proposal  could be incorporated in the metro rail preparatory works. The much-discussed plan has been included in this year’s Corporation budget. “If we are able to construct a road connecting the North station and the South railway station via the road adjacent to the Ambedkar stadium, it will help decongest the city traffic. Vehicles can be diverted through the North railway station towards the South railway station premises and enter MG Road. We are placing the project proposal with an estimate of Rs 8 crore before the government,” the Mayor said.

The Kerala Chamber of Commerce and Industry( KCCI) chairman K N Marzook, said that land acquisition may be a hurdle for the implementation of the project. However, if it becomes a reality, it will be a major boon for Kochiites. “There is already an existing road connecting both the North and South Railway stations. The GCDA has agreed to give the land for the project. Widening of the road would require land acquisition,” Marzook said.

However, GCDA Chairman N Venugopal slammed the project, saying that it was not practical. “A large number of families will have to be evicted in the area. The Corporation is yet to rehabilitate the Moolampally Canal evictees. How do they plan to accommodate so many families if the project is to be made a reality,” Venugopal said.


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