Central Railway (CR) will soon undertake an overhaul of four major railway stations to allow commuters to enter and exit them more quickly. Ghatkopar, Bhandup, Govandi and Chembur stations will get new buildings with ticket counters and amenities for passengers,
Railway offices will be shifted to an elevated deck to create more space for passengers. With 2.68 lakh passengers a day, Ghatkopar is among the most crowded suburban stations, followed by Bhandup (1.75 lakh), Chembur (1.73 lakh) and Govandi (1.32 lakh).
CR has floated tenders for the construction of new buildings at these stations, and they are expected to be finalised in November. Construction is expected to start in January 2016 and end before the monsoon.
“It’s a relatively small project in terms of cost – about Rs1 crore per station – but will provide huge relief to commuters by making it much easier to enter and exit these stations. We are hoping to complete it by June next year,” said a senior CR official, who did not wish to be named.
At Ghatkopar, CR is planning to build a single-storey station building at platform 1, where most passenger amenities, ticket counters, the stationmaster’s office and other railway offices will be shifted.
“The rush at Ghatkopar (West) has increased significantly since the arrival of the Metro. I am glad the railways has taken these measures to help commuters,” said Sumit Joshi, a Ghatkopar resident.
At Bhandup, CR will build an elevated deck at platform number 1, which will house the ticketing area and railway offices.
At Chembur and Govandi stations, the new buildings will come up on the east side and the ticket counters will be shifted there.
The new buildings will be connected to the nearest footbridges, allowing commuters to access the platform directly from the deck.