A brand new railway corridor in the city will make south Mumbai just 25 minutes away from Navi Mumbai. The 25.5 kilometre long corridor will be an integrated rail line between Prabhadavi, Sewri and Nhava.
The proposal is to integrate and connect the rail component in the Rs 4000 crore Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) project between Nhava Sheva and Sewri with the Metro railway line between Sewri and Prabhadevi. As a commuter, you would have to take the underground rail from Prabhadevi, which once it reaches Sewri goes above the ground and gets on to the 22 km rail corridor of the MTHL project. From Sewri onwards, you have an uninterrupted journey till Nhava. And this entire journey only in 25 minutes.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority (MMRDA) has been given the charge of doing a detailed feasibility study on this proposal. Confirming the plan, Chief, Transportation Division, MMRDA said, "We are asking the Delhi Metro Railway Corporation to conduct the study for us. We believe that if a completely new rail corridor is being developed, we need to make it in a superior manner." The feasibility study would basically include technical feasibility and a cost estimate for the project as well as formulate an implementation strategy for the same.
Interestingly, the rail component wasn't even a part of the pre-bid document of the project and it was said that it would be taken up, if at all, in the third phase. However, at the recent pre-bid meeting, a clear demand was made for the rail component which was thought of as crucial along side the road corridor in the MTHL project.
It was then decided that it would be best to give the responsibility to the MMRDA which is anyways going to develop the metro corridor between Prabhadevi and Sewri in a later phase. Sources in the MMRDA said that it wouldn't be a problem to develop it earlier if required.
Murthy said that instead of developing two disjointed railway corridors, it would be more effective to construct a single, integrated railway corridor. Sewri would of course be the common connecting station along the entire corridor.
Meanwhile, as part of the feasibility study, MMRDA will also be doing a comprehensive study of the entire traffic dispersal system on both sides of the MTHL. MMRDA, incidentally, is building the dispersal routes in the multi-crore project.