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Soon, trains to Panvel could start from Kurla

Commuters wanting to travel to Navi Mumbai along the Harbour line may soon have the option of taking a train that starts from Kurla.

mumbai Updated: Sep 27, 2010 00:28 IST
Shashank Rao

Commuters wanting to travel to Navi Mumbai along the Harbour line may soon have the option of taking a train that starts from Kurla.

The rise in passenger traffic along the Harbour line that connects the island city to Navi Mumbai has forced the Central Railway (CR) to consider turning Kurla into a terminal station for Harbour line trains.

This means trains going to Navi Mumbai will start from and terminate at Kurla.

The CR will build an additional platform at Kurla for trains going up to Panvel.

This new platform, platform 9, is likely to be built next to platform 8, where trains coming from Navi Mumbai and heading towards Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) halt.

“We are sending a proposal to the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation to include this project in the Mumbai Urban Transport Project’s (MUTP) phase-II,” MC Chauhan, divisional railway manager of CR, said. The extension of trains to 12-coach rakes on the Harbour line is already part of MUTP II.

Railway officials say ticket sales at Kurla have increased, indicating that the number of passengers travelling to Navi Mumbai from here has gone up.

Future population projections also warrant additional services on the Harbour line because the number of passengers travelling along this line is expected to grow by 33 per cent in five years.

Commuters already find it tough to board trains from Kurla to CST or Panvel during peak hours.

Sources in the CR said the Centre may discourage these plans because the project will involve huge costs for creating infrastructure and changing and aligning tracks to connect them with the current line.

Sources in the CR said Kurla station had platforms 9 and 10 for the Harbour line but their use was discontinued in 1998.

“Train services starting from these two terminal lines would get sandwiched between the services running on fast tracks and on the Harbour line,” a senior CR officer said requesting anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the media. “That caused on the Harbour and main lines.”

Some of officials argue that Wadala station, which already has two additional lines with platforms, can be used as a terminal station instead of Kurla. The CR recently introduced 16 additional services beginning from Wadala.