A week after chief minister Prithviraj Chavan cleared the decks for redevelopment of sector 5 of Dharavi, the Central Railway has received a proposal to build a station.
The station has been proposed between Matunga and Sion stations on the central line and will ease travelling woes of those living in Dharavi, who have to either get down at Matunga, Mahim or Sion stations.
On May 27, members of the National Railway User’s Consultative Council (NRUCC), a commuters’ body set up by the railway ministry, submitted a proposal to this effect to CR officials. “The 1-km long open space between Matunga and Sion stations can be utilised for Dharavi station,” said Subhash Gupta, member, NRUCC.
The proposed site lies below the road overbridge near Sion hospital. Members of the council also want a foot overbridge to connect the ROB, similar to the arrangement done at Elphinstone Road station, a senior CR official said, requesting anonymity.
The proposed station at Dharavi will be built on the lines of Nahur station, which was constructed between Bhandup and Mulund stations in 2006. It was built after tracks were shifted a bit to accommodate platforms for the slow line.
However, CR officials said a thorough study will be conducted before clearing proposal for a new station.
“We receive many such proposals for starting new railway stations. We cannot simply accept for the convenience of few thousands, without studying its feasibility,” said a senior CR official on condition of anonymity.
The CR and NRUCC will have a joint meeting in June to discuss the details of the proposed station near Dharavi.
“Constructing a new station is not an easy task as we have to get it approved by the railway board,” said V Malegaonkar, chief PRO, CR.
The railway authorities had earlier cleared a proposal to build a station at Oshiwara, between Jogeshwari and Goregaon stations.
The land for the proposed station was cleared years ago, but this project has been stuck, as the authorities have not yet been able to close the railway crossing at Oshiwara.