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Train to Dahanu will open up opportunities

With direct train connectivity between Churchgate and Dahanu, the Virar-Dahanu belt is set to become the far Western suburbs of Mumbai.

mumbai Updated: Feb 08, 2010 01:07 IST
Rajendra Aklekar

With direct train connectivity between Churchgate and Dahanu, the Virar-Dahanu belt is set to become the far Western suburbs of Mumbai.

The region already has steel and power units along with a number of small-scale industries. But with direct linkages with the city, a number of construction and housing projects are expected to come up.

Tata Housing has recently launched its low-cost housing project near Boisar offering 1,000 units.

The homes have been priced between Rs 3.90 lakh and Rs 6.70 lakh.

Large tracts of vacant land in these suburbs will be opened up for development and a large number of construction and housing projects are lining up in the area.

“The state should develop a central business district beyond Virar so the that flow of crowd is in the other direction. There is a huge scope of development around that place,” said a senior railway official.

When the WR started the Churchgate-Virar line, it led to massive urbanisation and formation of small townships along the border of the city in Virar and Vasai.

From June, the Western Railways will run a direct train to Dahanu from Churchgate. The 60-km stretch has seven stations, including Vaitarna, Saphale, Kelve Road, Palghar, Umroli, Boisar and Vangaon. Between April 1 and December 31, 2008, more than 77,000 commuters travelled between Virar and Dahanu Road on an average daily, according to railway statistics.

Direct locals between Churchgate and Dahanu will eliminate the need to change trains and enhancing frequency of trains.

The WR runs direct trains on the 60-km route between Churchgate and Virar.

“Right now, those wanting to travel beyond Virar have to switch trains at Virar station for something called a mainline electric multiple unit and diesel multiple unit trains which has a limited frequency and runs between Virar and Dahanu. These trains run between Virar-Dahanu, Dahanu-Dombivli and Dahanu-Panvel with limited frequency,” he added.