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The Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) Limited has commenced preliminary work towards the implementation of the Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) system on the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP-3A). The Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) is a state-of-the-art signalling system, which will improve the efficiency and safety of operations in the suburban rail network.
The project implementing body, Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation Limited (MRVC) has proposed to implement the project on the three slow and fast corridors – on the Western Railway between Churchgate and Virar, between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Kalyan, and on the Harbour and Trans-Harbour Lines. The project is part of the Rs.33,690 crore Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP 3A).
The Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) aims to improve the frequency, thereby reducing overcrowding on Mumbai suburban trains. At present, suburban trains are being run on an average frequency of around 3.5 minutes in the peak hours. MVRC claims that once the project is implemented, it will be brought down to around 2.5 minutes.
Commenting on the project, an MVRC official said,
By increasing the frequency between trains we should be able to run more services every hour, which will ease the strain on the existing infrastructure.
According to the data, the trains are maintaining only 15-17 services during peak hours and after the CBTC comes into effect, it will increase to 20-22 services. The MVRC will also think about driverless operations of the local trains later as the CBTC system also support this function.
In India, the CBTC enabled signalling technology is currently being implemented across all Metro rail corridors. The key difference in implementing the project as opposed to the Metro rail system is it would be a brownfield project, which means the system would need to be implemented on the existing infrastructure.
Explaining the CBTC system, An MVRC official said,
On Metro corridors, the CBTC system is implemented at the time of construction. This project will be a challenge to implement on the suburban railway network as it will need to be executed while operations are under way. Moreover, new solutions should be found as long-distance trains and goods trains run on the same tracks along with suburban trains.
According to the plan, the Harbour and Trans-Harbour Lines will be undertaken first for implementation of the system as there are no long-distance passenger trains or goods trains sharing space with local trains on those corridors.
The company has already floated tenders to appoint general consultants for the Rs.5,900 crore project.
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