With Parel emerging as new commercial hub, the Central Railway has decided to develop its railway station as a mini-terminus for suburban trains.
Top sources in the CR said that the work on the Parel terminus is likely to start from December 2012, and is expected to be complete within two years.
CR will construct a new platform from where local trains will originate for eastern suburbs. Accounting for a rise in the number of commuters at the station, the CR has proposed to build a deck above the existing station for commuters to exit in different directions. This will make it easier for commuters to switch to the Western line or go to western parts of Parel.
The new terminus will help the railways increase the number of suburban services. “After the construction of a new platform, some services will start and terminate at Parel. This will help passengers who currently take CST trains, which get crowded at the starting point itself,” said a senior CR official.
The CR is also constructing a deck adjacent to the existing road-overbridge for easy entry and exit from the platforms to the station. At the same time, a provision will be made for buses and taxis to halt on the deck.
The additional platform will be constructed on the existing land at Parel station. The construction of Parel terminus is part of the Kurla-CST fifth-sixth-line corridor extension project and is estimated cost Rs. 800-Rs. 900crore.