Mumbai’s harbour line train services likely to be extended up to Goregaon from January
Construction of the Andheri-Goregaon corridor will be complete in a few days; railway officials will then apply for safety nodmumbai Updated: Dec 21, 2017 16:43 IST
From next month, train commute is likely to get easier for thousands of Mumbaiites who travel daily between Goregaon, CSMT and Panvel. Railway authorities are planning to extend the 23 existing harbour line services that currently run till Andheri up to Goregaon, once the newly constructed Andheri-Goregaon corridor opens in the beginning of 2018.
Of 23, 18 are Panvel-Andheri services and five are CSMT-Andheri services, operated using Western Railway trains, officials said.
The project, a part of the second phase of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP-II), is expected to ease pressure on the western line, which ferries around 35 lakh commuters every day.
The Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC), the planning and executing body for suburban railway projects in the city, has almost completed work on the corridor, including the signalling system and overhead equipment.
“The last leg of the work is underway and is expected to be complete in a few days’ time. Once done, the MRVC will approach the Commissioner of Railway Safety, western circle, for the safety nod,” said a senior railway official, who did not wish to be named. “We have planned trials with empty local trains on the new corridor.”
After the new corridor opens, a proper timetable will be drawn up by February. Officials said they need at least three more trains to extend existing services up to Goregaon.
Currently, there are 104 harbour line services up to Andhiri, including 18 services between Panvel and Andheri.
“The proposal to extend train services till Goregaon is under consideration and will be finalised soon,” said SK Jain, divisional railway manager, Central Railway (which operates the harbour line).