The Western Railway’s ambitious plan to build a 60-km long elevated rail corridor between Churchgate and Virar has hit a hurdle.
The proposal was tabled before the Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee on Thursday.
The committee members said they needed “a few clarifications” as they feared that the elevated corridor might mar the view of the Western Railway headquarters at Churchgate, the Bombay High Court and other graded buildings in the vicinity.
“The committee is not against the city’s development but the railways will have to make adjustments for effective termination of the route at the south Mumbai-end,” said Dinesh Afzalpurkar, heritage committee chairman.
The committee pointed out that the three options suggested for the termination of the route in south Mumbai — at Oval Maidan, near Churchgate or next to the western side of the Indian Merchants Chamber — would affect the graded heritage buildings and precincts.
While the Oval Maidan has the high court and university as its picturesque backdrop, other spots have art deco
If the route terminates at Churchgate, it will be built near an old church close to the WR headquarters.
A recent technical feasibility study of the Rs 6,000 crore elevated rail corridor project recommended that it should be built partly underground.
Meanwhile, the municipal body’s Road department turned down the project saying traffic will be severely affected during the construction of the elevated rail corridor.