Centre’s plan to make new terminus at Parel station in Mumbai draws passenger ire
The Centre wants to make the outstation train terminus to decongest Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminusmumbai Updated: Feb 08, 2018 00:06 IST
With an aim to decongest Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), the Railways plans to construct an outstation train terminus at Parel station. However, passenger associations say the decision may add to congestion at already crowded Parel and Elphinstone Road stations.
After the stampede at Elphinstone Road station on September 29 last year, the Railways had speeded up work for a suburban train terminus at Parel. Now, the Union budget has made provision for an outstation train terminus on the land owned by the Railways at Parel. While this project will ease the congestion at CSMT, it would increase the crowd at Parel-Elphinstone Road stations.
In a bid to reduce crowd and train congestion at CSMT, the Railways intends to terminate several outstation trains at Parel and Kalyan by building new termini there. A new platform for the local trains will also come up at Parel station by year-end.
“The design of the coaching complex (outstation train terminus) will be created by the construction department. The project has been approved by the Railway Board and after the design is prepared, the work will begin,” said a senior CR official.
The Railways will be using a part of the Parel workshop for the construction of the coaching complex which would facilitate platforms, boarding and de-boarding of passengers. The workshop along with other areas belonging to the railways will also be moved from Parel station.
However, passenger associations have raised questions that with all the work the Parel terminus will attract more crowd to Parel station. “The Railways should learn from the Elphinstone Road stampede episode and plan the coaching complex accordingly. If planning is not done properly it will lead to overcrowding as a terminus has already been planned at Parel railway station. We will ask the railway officials to show the passenger associations’ designing of the complex so that we can give our suggestions,” said Lata Argade, vice-president, Railway Pravasi Mahasangh.
The pink book which was tabled in parliament on Tuesday had mentioned the construction of a new outstation terminus (coaching complex) at Parel workshop at a cost of Rs193 crore. Currently, a Rs51 crore project of Parel station is going on.