Thousands of commuters who use the Wadala railway station are set to get better facilities that will help reduce congestion at the crowded station.
The Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation Ltd (MRVC) is planning a revamp at the station, which includes extending platforms to incorporate 12-car trains and constructing a new foot-overbridge (FOB). Additionally, the MRVC had earlier announced it would build escalators and lifts at Wadala as part of a proposed overhaul of several harbour line stations. Work at the station will be commissioned by October end and the MRVC expects it to be completed by March 2015.
Wadala, which links the Panvel-CST harbour line to western suburbs, is used as an interchange point for thousands of commuters from Navi Mumbai and the eastern suburbs who work at Goregaon, Andheri, Mahim and other western suburbs. The station witnesses massive crowds during peak hours.
Extending all four platforms to accommodate 12-car rakes [instead of nine-car ones] will help cater to the more passengers, thereby reducing crowds at the station. The existing FOB at the CST-end will be extended to reach outside the station, at Wadala (East), thereby providing an additional exit/entry point to the station. This will help streamline crowds.
The MRVC has also proposed to construct an additional FOB in the centre of the station, where three escalators will be installed. Three lifts will also be built at the CST-end of the station.
The estimated cost of the project is Rs. 5 crore.
“We aim to complete yard remodelling work by December 2014 and the entire project, including the escalators, should be complete by March next year,” said Prabhat Ranjan, the MRVC spokesperson.