Signaling that the new sixth line on the Mumbai Central- Borivli stretch is well on its way, Western Railway (WR) authorities will soon begin the crucial task of building two new platforms on the Dadar station, for the new line. This line is meant exclusively for long-distance trains. Authorities said work will start post-monsoon.
The choice of station is important, as Dadar is a crucial station, being the link between the Western and Central lines. The station is being extended on the east side.
"We will build the additional platforms, six and seven, and lay new tracks. We will also link the existing fifth line near Dadar station to the new platforms," said a WR official, requesting anonymity. This work will cost Rs75 lakh.
The sixth line, meant exclusively for long-distance trains, was commissioned under the second phase of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP), and is expected to solve the tussle for space between suburban and long-distance trains on existing tracks. Eventually, authorities say it will also increase suburban services by 30%.
Presently, WR has four lines between Churchgate and Mahim for suburban trains, while a fifth line for long-distance trains is between Mahalaxmi and Mahim stations.
The Mahim to Santacruz stretch of the fifth line will also be completed along with the construction of the new line. Together, the two lines will be able to accommodate 14 more long-distance trains. A budget of Rs500 crore has been set for the project, which is expected to be completed by 2014.
The new lines are expected to greatly ease congestion on the existing four tracks. While long-distance trains will ply on the new lines, separate lines
will be demarcated for slow and fast corridors on the first four tracks.
According to the plan, starting from Mumbai Central, the sixth line will come on the west side, passing through the Mahalaxmi car shed -presently used for stabling trains for maintenance.
At Lower Parel, it will pass through the yard next to platform one and then proceed towards Elphinstone Road.
Mahim onwards, both lines will run parallel, taking a detour from the suburban section via the Bandra Terminus, and come out at Santacruz. From Santacruz, the two lines would run on the east side right up to Borivli.