Construction of the extended Thane terminus received another push on Thursday after Thane guardian minister Ganesh Naik announced he would hold a meeting with the state’s public health minister Suresh Shetty to discuss the issue of the hospital land on which the terminus will be built.
In a bid to decongest the overcrowded Thane station, there has been demand by local politicians to construct an extended terminus.
The proposed site for this terminus is adjacent to the Thane mental hospital and is owned by the health department.
The terminus proposal has been stuck as there is no clearance for construction.
Speaking to media at Thane station while inaugurating the first suburban escalator, Naik said, “Before the monsoon session starts, we will hold a joint meeting with the health minister, concerned member of legislative assembly (MLA), member of parliament (MP) state and railway officials to discuss the issue. Thane caters to 6.80 lakh commuters and there is need for more space for better facilities.”
However, despite the buzz around the convenience of an extended terminus, railway officials have not yet conducted any preparatory studies “There is demand for an extended terminal at Thane but the Railways have yet not initiated a feasibility study.
We have to study if there is operational and engineering feasibility.
Both Thane and Kalyan are over-saturated corridors and we need to check if there are line constrains before adding a new terminus,” said a railway official, requesting anonymity.