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More sops on rail platter

The fine print of Mamata Banerjee’s budget has something more for Mumbaiites.

mumbai Updated: Feb 26, 2010 01:59 IST
Rajendra Aklekar

The fine print of Mamata Banerjee’s budget has something more for Mumbaiites.

The detailed budget programme released by the ministry of railways on Thursday reveals that Banerjee has fulfilled even smaller demands put forward by the city.

The ministry has allocated funds for building more than six road over-bridges, a double-discharge platform at Parel station to ease crowding, subways at Kurla terminus and Virar, improving Dadar, Thane and Kalyan stations, escalators and foot over-bridges at more than 10 suburban stations and complete redevelopment of Andheri and Borivli station.

Commuters at Thane and Parel had complained to the Central Railway about massive crowds at the station and the inability to use the jam-packed foot over-bridges. The Central Railway forwarded the complaint to the ministry, which has now proposed a double-discharge platform at Parel to accommodate more crowd and improvements to the Thane, Kalyan, Dadar and Kurla Terminus.

Funds have also been allocated to build subways connecting platforms at Kurla Terminus and at Virar station. The mobile ticketing project in Mumbai has also got a go-ahead.

Banerjee has allocated about a crore each for eight major road over-bridges in the city. Two will come up at Kalyan, two at Jogeshwari and one each at Kandivli, Borivli, Bhayander and Virar. The first instalment of Rs 5 crore has been allocated to “completely rebuild” Andheri station and Rs 8 crore to redevelop Borivli station. The Diva-Kalyan and Borivli-Santacruz additional lines project has also received funding.

Several new foot over-bridges have been sanctioned at Dadar, Lower Parel, Nallasopara, Virar, Bandra, Vasai, Elphinstone and Goregaon. These footover bridges will be equipped with lifts. Funds have also been allocated for escalators at six stations on WR and four stations on CR. Trains on WR would get longer as the ministry has given money to extend platforms at Bandra terminus for 26-coach trains.

An integrated security plan has also been budgeted for at six suburban stations on CR and 32 stations on WR. Anti-flooding devices would also be installed at five stations on WR. The railways also said they would undertake safety trials of the anti-collision devices between Churchgate and Dahanu stations on WR.