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What city wants from Rly budget

mumbai Updated: Feb 22, 2011 13:50 IST
Shashank Rao

What does an ordinary Mumbaiite, who paces the length and breadth of the city on the local trains, want from this year’s Railway Budget?

There’s a long list of unfulfilled demands, most of which have been pending since ages, but to begin with, the railway commuters associations and federations want more stations and trains to tackle passenger rush.

They have proposed that this plan be implemented on the Central line, which handles maximum rush and where the distance between two railway stations is far-and-wide, on a priority basis.

The association has demanded four new railway stations, which includes one in the Mumbai region and rest beyond Kalyan. The site of the two new proposed railway stations of Umbermali and Tanset, both between Kalyan and Kasara got a boost after general manager Kul Bhushan visited these sites on February 6. Umbermali would come between Kasara and Khardi, while Tanset would be constructed on Khardi-Aatgaon stretch.

Sources from the Central Railway (CR) said the authorities have approved these two stations. “The CR has sanctioned Rs 90 lakh each for these stations,” said Viswanath Dhatrak, general secretary, Federation of Upnagriya Pravasi Mahasangh.

The association has proposed another station between Ambarnath-Badlapur. However, this plan is in a nascent stage. Commuters say these two stations are far and it takes at least 10 minutes to cover the distance by train.

The Mumbai Rail Pravasi Sangh, meanwhile, has demanded a railway station between Thane-Mulund. This demand has been pending for over a decade now. The Thane Municipal Corporation and the CR officials met on December 2010 to discuss the feasibility of this station.