The process of bridging the missing link of the Santacruz-Mahim fifth line that, in the near future, would be used exclusively by long-distance trains, has begun. The Western Railway (WR) authorities have planned to remove a track before Bandra station (Churchgate end) and place it on the missing stretch near Bandra Terminus.
Presently there are three tracks used to stable suburban trains at night. This track will now be removed and placed next to those on the Harbour line towards the Bandra (East) side. Sources said if need be, they would slightly shift the tracks to accommodate this new track.
This track will be the fifth line that will then go through the Bandra Terminus and also connect the line leading to a yard between Bandra and Khar on its east. “This will be part of the yard remodelling at Bandra. We have already extended the length of platforms as part of the work,” said a senior WR official on condition of anonymity.
The officials expect to complete this engineering work within six months at an approximate cost of Rs 65 lakh.
The new fifth line will come out at Santacruz and connect the incomplete fifth line next to the fast corridor.