Six new railway stations in Navi Mumbai are soon going to get news platforms. The Central Railway has decided to give separate tracks for the trains running on trans harbor line.
Currently, there is a separate line for the trains between Thane and Juinagar railway stations. The trains have to adjusted on the tracks of harbor line from Nerul station up to Panvel. Thus, the Cr’s decision to lay tracks on the unused platforms between Nerul and Panvel station.
A senior officer from the CR said, “CIDCO had made narrow platforms while developing the railway stations in 1990s. Due to lack of tracks, these platforms were lying unused for so many years. Now we will lay the railway tracks and renovate the unused platforms at those stations.”
“The work of renovating the platforms has already been started at some stations. We are putting tiles on the floor and providing seating arrangements at the platforms. The commuters will be able to use those platforms in next three to four months,” he added.
The CR is also planning to extend the harbor line up to Goregaon. This extended corridor will have Jogeshwari and Ram Mandir stations.
As of now, the trains on this line travel from Panvel to Andheri and CST. There are 104 harbour line services up to Andheri, including 18 services between Panvel and Andheri.
the extension will lead to an increase in the number of trains and the entire line will get busier.
“There is a proposal of extending the harbour line up to Goregaon. With the extension, the line should get eight to ten more trains. The final decision is yet to be taken,” said AK Sinha, senior public relations officer of CR.
Since the number of commuters will also increase, the CR started 16 additional trains to trans-harbour line on January 31. There were only 246 trains used to run on this line. With the addition of new trains, there are now a total of 262 trains running from a Thane to Vashi, Nerul and Panvel and vice versa.
This plan has benefitted over 2.70 lakh commuters of the trans harbor line.
“With the coming of industries in the MIDC areas along Thane-Belapur road, the number of commuters will increase further in the coming years. It is important to have a new track on this line,” said Sudarshan Khurana, manager of Vashi station.