The railways have begun work on the crucial fifth and sixth lines between Diva and Thane stations.
Once completed, the Rs 17.2-crore project will boost the suburban services of Central Railway as it will have a dedicated four-line for suburban trains between Kurla and Kalyan stations.
This will not only allow the railways to increase services, but also eliminate the existing complex network where the running of suburban and out-station trains is on the same lines. “Because of a huge number of suburban services in Mumbai, the Indian Railways has a limited number of outstation trains that enter Mumbai. Once we have two separate lines for outstation trains, Mumbai will also get a better rail connectivity,” a senior official said.
The Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation, a body coordinating suburban railway projects, has invited global bids for elated works to the link.