In its bid to unclog Parel station, the Central Railway (CR) has finally started construction of another platform, which is likely to be completed by December 2018.
More train services will begin and end from this new platform, which is being constructed on the western side of the platform number 1.
The proposal aims to make commute hassle-free for more than 1.5 lakh daily suburban commuters — including office goers and students.
Hindustan Times has consistently reported about the overcrowding at Parel station due to the rapid growth of central Mumbai as a commercial hub. Following the HT reports on stampede-like situation on CST-end overbridge and staircase at Parel station, the railway has also increased railway protection force (RPF) staff for a better crowd management during peak hours.
There was also a demand to halt fast trains at platform number 3 and 4 which are being used only for workmen trains.
However, the railways refused it due to technical reasons and insisted on completion of Parel terminus to start new services.
While, the additional platform at Parel will be ready by December 2018, the completion of Parel terminus including middle overbridge and elevated ticket counter at CST-end fob will be ready by 2020 as its part of 5th and 6th line CST-Kurla project.
“The additional platform at Parel station will help in decongesting Dadar station as we can start more services from Parel and cater to the growing number of passengers there,” said senior railway official, requesting anonymity.
The terminus work also includes widening of platform number 1 from eight meters to ten meters, which will allow railways to add another staircase on the CST-end. Besides, the railway will construct middle overbridge which will go over tracks and land near Elphinstone Road station.
The CR has also planned overhead ticket booking office on the elevated deck that will connect Elphinston bridge to Parel station, escalators and more parking space under the skywalk.