The Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) has approved a feasibility study for the extension of the line between Panvel and Karjat. This means that Harbour line services could be extended up to Karjat and suburban trains could run between Panvel and Karjat in the future.
The route is currently used mainly for goods traffic.
The decision was taken by the MRVC’s Board of Directors meeting on Monday. The board also approved a feasibility study for the quadrupling of the Virar-Dahanu stretch, which is important in order to run suburban services till Dahanu.
“The present rail corridor between Virar and Dahanu Road is saturated and requires augmentation for additional suburban services,” said an MRVC release.
Both proposals are aimed at improving connectivity within the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), which is witnessing rapid growth and transport infrastructure is under tremendous pressure.
“The feasibility study for the extension of the suburban section on the Panvel-Karjat route has been approved taking into account the future needs of that region. At present a lot of developmental activity is going on in that area. Also, the new lines will cut travel time between CST and Karjat,” said an MRVC official.
The Panvel-Karjat section is around 28 km.