Lives of nearly 30 lakh commuters on the congested Western Railway (WR) depend on 186 families.
The families are either railway employees in their quarters or those living in slums next to the tracks at Dadar.
As part of Mumbai Urban Transport Project Phase II, there is a proposal of having a 6th line between Borivli and Mumbai Central, which would only be used by outstation trains.
“This would be one of the most difficult parts of the project,” said R.N. Verma, general manager, WR, while confirming about the relocation of families for laying the new line.
The proposed line will allow local trains to pass, without halting for the outstation trains, on the fast track.
Every time a local train halts for an outstation train, it has to wait for at least a minute or two, thus having a cascading effect.
The Rs 600-crore project will be a time-consuming one, as the authorities will have to get land for the residents to be shifted, demolish the structures and clear the plot before laying the additional track.
The WR will have to ensure that the process doesn’t affect the neighbouring train yard connecting Matunga workshop. “The new line will improve punctuality,” said a senior WR official.
The WR also plans to demolish the Harbour line bridge at Bandra and reroute the line close to Bandra Terminus, circumventing the graveyard close to the tracks on the east.
This will help the authorities connect the outstation trains leaving Bandra Terminus directly with the new line.
“These long term projects have a deadline of 2014,” said the WR official.