After almost a decade, Mumbai is set to get a new suburban station on its rail network. Western Railway commuters will be able to board a slow train from the newly built Oshiwara station on November 27. Railway minister Suresh Prabhu is likely to inaugurate the station.
With the Oshiwara station, the total number of suburban stations between Churchgate and Virar will reach 29.
Around 1.07 lakh passengers board the train at Jogeshwari, while around 1.56 lakh commuters take the train from Goregoan.
Oshiwara is 1.75km from Jogeshwari and 2km from Goregaon, and will help in decongesting both these stations by providing direct connectivity to commercial hubs in the east, including Oracle Financial Services, Oberoi mall, Sadhana Industrial Estate, TCS and Nirlon Knowledge Park.
Presently, commuters are forced to take a bus or an auto from Goregaon to reach the commercial hubs during peak hours. With new station, most of the commercial hubs will be at walking distance.
“It will be huge relief to thousands of office goers and residents as many commuters are currently forced to wait for a bus or auto to reach their destination. Often, even getting an auto during peak hours is difficult. Trains stopping at Oshiwara station will help resolve our commuting woes here,” said Rohini Palav, a daily commuter.
In June 2007, train services to Rabale station on the transharbour line and Thane-Vashi and in April 2006 to Nahur were commenced on the century-old railway suburban section.