MUMBAI: Railway officials on Monday said that a new platform will be built on priority basis as part of the Rs51 crore Parel Terminus project by the end of this year. Thousands of commuters have a harrowing time commuting as they face a stampede-like situation on the FoB.
While laying the foundation stone for the Parel Terminus project, railway minister Suresh Prabhu said Mumbai is an important city and needs better transport infrastructure and more investment. “Once upon a time, Parel used to be the end of the city. People used to feel that places like Bandra were far away from city. But now Parel has become city’s centre,” the minister said.
He said the railways have planned to build all platforms at same level of train foot board once the project gets completed. “Our effort will be to provide better quality transport facility for the city,” said Prabhu.
Under ambitious MUTP-II project railway has undertaken the Rs51 crore projects for transforming the station into a terminus. An additional platform on the west side, a skywalk parallel to tracks on the east side, a new FoB in the middle of station, an elevated deck and extension of existing platforms up to the Elphinstone bridge have been planned as a part of the project.
According to CR officials, the project work will begin from next month, but the ground work will begin after monsoon. “After the goods line is removed, the platform can be built in four months, “said an official, adding that this will be followed by the work on the FoB.
A railway official said that a new up slow line terminating at Parel with double discharge facility will be laid in the station. “Double discharge platforms will enable commuters going towards Byculla or CST to catch a train after alighting from the train terminating at here,” he said.
Railway officials said it will take up to two to three years for the project to be ready.