By 2011, you will be able to alight from the local suburban train at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) and walk along the same line to catch your outstation train.
This will be possible after Central Railway’s (CR) plan to build a 205-metre- long foot overbridge (FOB) at the heritage station materialises.
The FOB will connect the suburban line with the main line where outstation trains depart from, so that commuters can walk from one line to another, without changing platforms.
This means that the first platform on the Harbour line will connect to the 18th platform on the main line via the Central line.
More than 1,412 suburban trains ferrying 3 lakh commuters, and more than 84 non-suburban outstation trains carrying 30,000 commuters depart from CST every day.
The Rs 5-crore project will start from April 2010 for which tenders would soon be called for.
CR will also extend the existing FOB on the northern-end of CST as part of the project.
“The project will finally gel with the CST makeover plan,” said CR chief public relations officer, S. Mudgerikar.
The project is expected to be complete within a year.
Sources in CR say the concept is similar to that implemented at Mumbai Central station where the main line is connected to the local Western line.
The CR is already contemplating a complete makeover of the CST in the next five years. The station’s concourse will be extended by 15-20 m by extending the tracks and the platforms northwards.
Platforms 1 and 2 will be merged, while platform 8 — usually reserved for outstation trains — will be earmarked for suburban local trains.
The makeover will include placing glass sheets on the upper floors of the divisional railway manager’s office and replacing the roof sheets on the space between the suburban line and outstation line.
The plan also includes converting the heritage building into a museum.