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Tracks being laid for extension of Harbour line

The Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) has laid the first set of tracks on a small stretch between Jogeshwari and Goregaon. This laying of tracks between Andheri and Goregaon is being undertaken as part of the extension of Harbour line. Trains on the Harbour line currently terminate at Andheri.

mumbai Updated: Apr 16, 2011 01:36 IST
Shashank Rao

The Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) has laid the first set of tracks on a small stretch between Jogeshwari and Goregaon. This laying of tracks between Andheri and Goregaon is being undertaken as part of the extension of Harbour line. Trains on the Harbour line currently terminate at Andheri.

These tracks are now being placed as part of the phase-II of the Rs5,300 crore Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP). At Oshiwara station, the ground has been levelled. This would be extended after the alignment has been decided.

“Laying of tracks is done once the entire alignment is set and minutest of details such as installation of signals and columns for erecting overhead cables is known,” said a senior official from MRVC. It’s been more than a year since groundwork on the Rs130-crore Andheri-Goregaon Harbour line extension began.

As per the plan, platform number 6 and 7 will be further extended towards Goregaon. This would require demolishing several structures coming on their way such as foot overbridges, food stalls, rail booking counters, Government Railway Police (GRP) building, parking stand at Jogeshwari and cutting trees. “We are in talks with the civic body to hand over the space where vehicle parking stand exists. In return, we would be providing the plot on the east side of Jogeshwari to them,” said Prakashrao Vazalwar, chief operating manager and spokesperson, MRVC.

They are also building pillars over a creek on the Jogeshwari-Goregaon stretch, over which two new tracks would be laid. Work on construction next to the creek is complete while work on demolishing the ticket booking office, creating path for extending lines and other work is now underway at Andheri.