The Central Railway has finalised plans to convert Panvel Railway Station into a terminus, for originating and terminating outstation trains to decongest Mumbai. A Rs 22-crore worth plan has been approved and will be sent to the railway board for approval this year itself.
"Residents of Navi Mumbai have to travel as far as Kurla, Dadar or CST if they need to board an outstation train. And hence we have finalised plans to convert the existing Panvel station into a terminus so that commuters there can get some relief," VK Kaul, Central Railway’s General Manager said.
"The plan is ready and will be sent to the ministry of railways as a part of this year’s supplementary budget so that we can begin work early. Of the Rs 22 crore, Rs 4 crore will be spent on land acquisition as we will require more space for more lines, yard and other terminus facilities," Kaul said.
Earlier, Kaul inaugurated a new booking counter and a footover bridge at Kanjurmarg station and also a new booking office at Kalyan station under CR’s "touch and feel" programme, which focuses on improving passenger amenities between CST and Thane stations like booking offices, foot over bridges and circulating areas.
Speaking at the function, Kaul said the new World Bank-funded trains under the Mumbai Urban Transport Project will start coming regularly by October as field trails will be over by then. "Mumbai will get three trains every month from October for sure without any delay and the new trains will be used to convert all 9-car trains into 12-car ones first," Kaul said.