By 2011, driving through congested lanes to reach Bandra Terminus may no longer be a daunting task.
The Western Railway plans to build a 900-m-long elevated road for private vehicles and BEST buses over the existing one.
This means no more autorickshaws or taxis blocking the approach road to the terminus.
The elevated road is part of the WR’s plan for sprucing up Bandra Terminus and improving its connectivity - all at a cost of Rs 40 crore.
“Two- and three-wheelers will not be allowed to use the elevated road. They will have to ply on the road below. This will help segregate vehicular movement and help decongest the road,” said a rail official, on the condition of anonymity as he lacked authorisation to talk to the media.
In addition to the elevated road with separate entry and exit points for private vehicles, there will also be a bus stand for BEST buses that will terminate at the terminus.
WR also plans to add four more platforms to the existing three ones. “There will be a 10-m-long home platform, with a station building,” said WR Chief Public Relations Officer S. Gupta. The ground-plus-one station building will house food plazas, restrooms, booking office and other amenities.
The WR also proposes to build a 415-m-long skywalk above this platform to connect to the only foot overbridge (FOB) connecting Bandra east to west.
This skywalk will also provide exit and entry points to all seven platforms on the terminus.
The WR plans to build another 250-m-long skywalk connecting the terminus from the Khar-end to the existing 1,365-m-long FOB.
“We want to provide good connectivity to Bandra Terminus for passengers from all sides,” said a WR official.