If all goes according to plan, then by 2014 platform 1 and 2 at Mahim station will be situated 9.5 metres from the ground and will be used by Harbour line trains.
Western Railway trains will then use platforms 3 and 4 for slow trains and platform 5 and 6 for fast trains.
The proposed elevated railway track is part of the project of the fifth and sixth lines proposed under the second phase of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP). For this, the existing Harbour line bridge between Bandra and Khar is likely to be demolished. The deadline for demolition and construction of the elevated bridge is 2014.
The elevated track will start from the stretch between King’s Circle and Mahim and will terminate just before the Mahim Causeway road over-bridge near Mithi river.
“Mahim station will be elevated on the Harbour line and on the west side of the station where slow WR trains currently run. The proposal is being studied in detail,” said an official from the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC), on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
For this the current platform 1 at Mahim station will be demolished. The height of the tracks will be at 8.5 metres, while the platform would be 9.5 metres from the ground. Even the ticket booking office will come up near the elevated platform.
As per the plan being discussed by railway authorities, the elevated tracks would start from Mahim east and go over the fast and slow Western Railway lines and end on the west side at Bandra.
Railway officials say a detailed plan is being worked on for the 5th and 6th lines. “The fifth line is missing on the Mahim-Santacruz stretch while a new sixth line will have to be laid,” said Sharat Chandrayan, chief PRO, WR.