A six-storey administrative building at Mumbai CST will have to be demolished, platforms of Sandhurst Road and Dockyard Road stations will be very close to each other and all the stations on the harbour line will have be extended by at least 65 metres.
These are some of the startling findings of the official pre-feasibility report prepared by the Central Railway’s divisional office on running 12-car new-age trains on the harbour line.
According to the report, the railways would also have to demolish parts of the six-storey railway administration building situated along DN Road to accommodate the extended platforms of the harbour line at Mumbai CST station.
The existing platform number 1 and 2 at Mumbai CST would also have to be extended by 65 metres each.
The distance between the two stations of Sandhurst Road and Dockyard is about approximately 901 metres.
The survey report suggests extending the existing 200m platforms of Sandhurst Road station at the Panvel end and extending Dockyard station towards the CST-end.
This would mean that both the platforms would be extended 130 metres in the either direction, leaving very less space between the two.
The report with detailed plans and drawings, including cost estimates and various supplementary works, has been prepared by the divisional office of Central Railway and
submitted to the Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation for inclusion in the phase two of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project with detailed plans for each of the 38 stations on the harbour line.
Railway officials, however, said that it was a very preliminary report done for just cost assessment of the entire project.
The report has estimated the cost of the project at Rs 179.31 crore
The report states that the harbour line has been growing at a faster rate since the formation of Navi Mumbai with most of the software companies and the city’s wholesale market shifting there and running 12-car trains is the need of the hour.