There is good news for suburban commuters from Thane. The first escalator on Mumbai’s suburban network will soon be functional on platform no. 3 and 4 at the Thane railway station and will connect to a 12-metre-wide foot overbridge (FoB) at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) end.
On May 19, components of the escalator were shifted to Thane and are expected to be functional by the first week of June.
“Installation work is in progress and we are aiming to make the escalators functional in June. Following this, a second escalator will also be installed on platform no. 6-7 at the Thane station and another one at Dombivli,” said AK Singh, public relations officer (PRO) of the Central Railway.
The escalators, which were sanctioned in the 2012-13 railway budget, are one-metre wide and can carry up to 100 commuters every minute. They cost Rs. 75lakh.
Escalators have also been sanctioned for Kalyan and Vikhroli railway stations in the first phase of the project.
For the second phase, the railway board has sanctioned 10 more escalators to be installed at Dadar (two escalators), Kalyan (two escalators), Thane (two escalators) and Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (four escalators).
The Indian Railways had awarded the contract for 100 escalators at various stations across the country on January 2, 2012. As per the railway board’s contract, two escalators each would be installed at Dadar, Kalyan and Thane stations on the CR and one each at Andheri and Borivli station on Western Railways.