Commuters using the harbour line can finally expect an extension of the line from Andheri till Goregaon.
Under this project, two lines will be extended till Goregaon from platform six and seven of Andheri station. These are expected to be ready within the next three years as part of the Rs5,300 crore Mumbai Urban Transport Project phase–II (MUTP-II).
The two lines will cost Rs103 crore and the work will be carried out by the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC). It will benefit around two lakh commuters who travel daily on the Harbour line. It will also ease overcrowding on the Western line, as commuters who want to alight at Goregaon will be able to board a train at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) instead of Churchgate.
If the demand for services on the two lines is found to be high, the number of CST-Goregaon trains will be augmented in the future.
In order to extend the lines till Goregaon, platforms six and seven at Andheri station will be extended after demolishing part of platform one, the ticket booking counter near the two platforms, the staircase of the foot overbridge (FOB) and railway offices.
A wall would be constructed, as the track would otherwise pass too close to a mosque near Andheri station. Platform one at Jogeshwari station, which falls on the west side, will then be demolished. “We will shift the tracks to the slow corridor on the east end to create more room for the Harbour line,” said a Western Railway official on condition of anonymity.
Once all the tracks are shifted, they will construct new platforms for the Harbour line on the north end of the Jogeshwari station.
"All the offices, ticket counters and other structures obstructing the two new lines at Andheri, Jogeshwari and Goregaon stations will be shifted and raised to an elevated level," said PK Sharma, managing director, MRVC.
Meanwhile, MRVC has already cleared land on the Jogeshwari-Goregaon stretch, where the Rs20 crore Oshiwara station will be built. They are also building pillars over a creek running between the two stations to accommodate the new tracks. The MRVC will also construct a new platform on the west side of Goregaon station to accommodate the Harbour line.