At the meeting, presided by state chief secretary J K Banthia, the state authorities informed railway officials that the urban development department had already initiated a proposal in this regard. The proposal is being examined by the finance department, following which it will be put up before chief minister Prithviraj Chavan for approval, state officials said. The support agreement and the project would have no direct financial burden on the state government and the finance department is expected to give it a go-ahead.
The WR, which has initiated the process for appointment of a consultant to prepare bid document for the project, is keen to initiate work in 2013. It aims to finish it by 2016.