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Western Rly gives Oshiwara station a boost

The proposed Oshiwara railway station between Jogeshwari and Goregaon has been stuck in red tape for the several years. And the conflict over construction of two road overbridges (ROB) has further delayed the project.

mumbai Updated: Dec 03, 2010 02:02 IST
Shashank Rao

The proposed Oshiwara railway station between Jogeshwari and Goregaon has been stuck in red tape for the several years. And the conflict over construction of two road overbridges (ROB) has further delayed the project.

However, the Western Railway (WR) has now decided to build the ROBs, thus giving much-needed boost to the proposed station.

“After the ROBs are done, work on Oshiwara station can also take off,” RN Verma, general manager, WR told Hindustan Times. The railways have already sent the proposal to the railway board for final approval.

The Oshiwara station, a long pending demand of Oshiwara residents, was to be completed in December 2008. However, as the project started, there was a strong opposition from the public against the closure of a level crossing between Goregaon and Jogeshwari stations. There was a public demand to construct ROBs as an alternative.

There was also a dispute between the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the Mumbai Metropolitan Regional Development Authority on which agency would construct the ROBs. Finally, BMC took the responsibility.

“Once we receive permission for the same, the BMC will be able to start work,” said a WR official on condition of anonymity.

The ROBs will also allow the WR to close down four level crossings up to Borivli, which would allow them to improve punctuality of train services.

The railways have started closing level crossings during morning and evening peak hours.