The chief minister Devendra Fadnavis recently announced that rail network would be extended to Murbad and this has come as a good news for Murbad residents, who, till now, were dependent on roads or had to go all way to Kalyan railway station to board trains.
The CM has also assured them that the state would share 50% cost of the proposed Kalyan -Murbad- Ahmednagar rail link and would also meet railway minister Suresh Prabhu to raise their long-pending demands.
MLA Kisan Kathore from Murbad constituency said, “Murbad has been asking for a rail route for the last six years but not much was done. The CM’s assurance is appositive news for everyone and we are hopeful that the train route will become a reality soon and also boost the business here. Commuting will be hassle-free but complete development plan is yet to be worked out.”
Murbad, which comes under Thane district, is also referred to as an industrial city which has private as well as public enterprises. The residents though are happy with CM’s announcement and assurance, but feel that the project might take many years to take off.
Sandesh Patel, 35, a Murbad resident, said, “Road travel is time consuming and expensive but, the rail route and railway station would make a big difference.”
“Till now we have been going to Kalyan to board trains. It is a half-day project if we have to go to Kalyan as first we need to wait for the bus, which takes more than 35 minutes to reach Kalyan station. Also, the frequency of buses is not so good. Once the rail route connects Murbad to other areas, things would be better for all of us,” said Sarita Khemchandani, 49, a resident of Ambe Village.
Another commuter, Naveen. R, 45, said, “We are happy that the CM at least noticed our problem and is trying to solve it as the city has everything but a rail connectivity. This would enhance job opportunities and education of our kids.”