If things go as planned, you won’t have to travel all the way to Mumbai Central to board a long-distance train.
The Western Railway (WR) plans to construct a Rs30-crore terminal especially for long-distance trains at Dadar within the next two years. The new terminal will come up between Dadar and Matunga Road stations on the east side.
The WR authorities are looking at constructing three platforms that could accommodate 24-coach trains. Currently, a single platform has been constructed as part of Dadar terminal, which is an extension to platform number 5. The new terminal is being constructed adjacent to this platform.
“Initial work of the terminal has started,” said S Chandrayan, chief PRO of Western Railway.
Once ready, at least 14 trains would start from the new terminal. Also, it would also help the WR to ease off the pressure on existing tracks between Dadar and Mumbai Central. This in turn will help improve running time of suburban services between Dadar and Churchgate, said a WR official on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
The road below Tilak bridge will make way for tracks and platforms. One elevated approach road would lead to a car and taxi stand, while another road one will connect directly to the new terminal.
The elevated road would come up next to the tracks. “If cost permits then, we will extend this elevated road right up to the road overbridge at Matunga Road,” the official said. This would allow passengers to enter the terminal station from both Dadar and Matunga.
A foot overbridge (FOB) would also be built connecting the terminal station. “We are planning to join this new FOB with the existing one on the south of Matunga Road station. It will end at Tulsi Pipe road,” said Chandrayan.