In a bid to ease the pressure off Kalyan station, the Central Railway (CR) has come up with a plan to build a Rs1,215-crore suburban terminus at Thakurli. The proposal will soon be sent to the railway board, the decision-making authority that reports to railway minister Suresh Prabhu, for its nod.
Thakurli is located between Dombivli and Kalyan stations. The officials have proposed an elevated terminus for suburban trains with five platforms and parking facility. There will be a facility for outstationed trains, including infrastructure for their maintenance, on the ground level.
The satellite terminus that Prabhu announced in the railway budget for 2016-17 will add to the capacity of the suburban network. The proposed railway terminus is planned on the land of a defunct coal-based power plant at Thakurli that was set up by the British in the early 1930s. The plant was shut a few decades ago after an industrial accident. “According to the revised plan, the satellite terminus is estimated to cost around Rs1,215 crore,” said an official, adding the CR officials presented the revised plan this week, with certain additions and omissions.
The official said they could start at least 25 new services for extended suburbs from the proposed terminus. They could also operate more long-distance trains to all directions like Ahmedabad, Pune, Nashik and Konkan, from the terminus.
Currently, Kalyan station caters to 650 suburban and 100 outstation trains, and hence is under pressure, according to railway sources.
While presenting his second railway budget for 2016-17, Prabhu had said, “Most of the railway termini located in big cities are amid very congested areas. We propose to develop satellite railway termini in major cities with the twin purpose of decongesting the city as well as providing service to passengers residing in suburbs. The satellite termini will have modern facilities for originating and terminating trains, which will also briefly stop at the existing major terminals. Ten select stations will be taken up in 2015-16 for this purpose.”
In 2011, then railway minister Mamata Banerjee had announced a plan to restart the defunct Thakurli power plant.
The railways had even conducted studies for it, but the new government dropped the idea and proposed a satellite terminus instead.