Indian Railways is set to invest Rs650bn ($8.9bn) in the Mumbai suburban rail network in the state of Maharashtra.

The investment has been approved by the government following its proposal in this years union budget.

Funding will be used to modernise existing facilities in order to enhance services and passenger amenities.

Union Railway Minister Goyal said: “Given the pace at which the infrastructure and public amenity works are being executed by the Railways, I believe that in the next four to four-and-a-half years, the suburban rail network of Mumbai, Navi Mumbai or Mahamumbai will see a complete metamorphosis.”

“The suburban rail network of Mumbai, Navi Mumbai or Mahamumbai will see a complete metamorphosis.”

Goyal was in Maharashtra to inaugurate the Nerul- Seawoods Darave-Belapur-Kharkopar suburban rail corridor in Navi Mumbai.

The 12km section is the first phase of the 27km long Nerul-Belapur-Uran corridor, connecting Ulwe node in Navi Mumbai with Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Panvel on the Harbour route.

The second phase of the project, which will run from Kharkopar to Uran, is currently under development.

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Various passenger amenities will also be implemented across several suburban stations, including the deployment of CCTV cameras at six stations, 41 escalators at 23 stations, ten lifts at six stations and 318 automatic ticket vending machines at 77 suburban stations.