Mumbai’s Parel to get 700-crore outstation terminus

Updated on Feb 16, 2019 07:47 AM IST
Authorities plan grand outstation train terminus, with better amenities, ten platforms and an elevated road
The terminus is expected to help scores of passengers from the station and reduce the congestion at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), making way for more suburban services.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
The terminus is expected to help scores of passengers from the station and reduce the congestion at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), making way for more suburban services.(Satish Bate/HT Photo)
Hindustan Times | ByAroosa Ahmed, Mumbai

aroosa.ahmed@hindustantimes.com

Technological upgrade, more amenities, and a hike in budget to 700 crore from the earlier 193crore, the central railway’s (CR) long-distance terminus plan at Parel just got bigger and better. The terminus is expected to help scores of passengers from the station and reduce the congestion at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), making way for more suburban services.

The earlier plan was approved in the Union budget of 2018-2019. “The final design for the terminus is being looked into, after which the proposal will be sent to the railway board for approval. The construction department of the railways is working on it,” said a senior CR official.

Under the plan, 10 platforms will be revamped to handle more than 50 long-distance (24-coach) trains.

A three-lane elevated road has been planned, with an additional lane for pedestrians or in case of an emergency. The road will start from the CR’s ground at Parel and go up to the proposed terminus. Further, 150-m decks for passenger movement, similar to Borivli and Andheri stations on the western railway (WR), are being planned with food courts. The plan will include creation of bigger circulating area with designated access to specially abled passengers; foot overbridges (FOBs) connecting the long-distance terminus to the suburban one, and Parel Road (Tulsi Pipe Road); and multi-level parking, with separate slots for two- and four-wheelers.

While officials refuse to comment on record, another CR official said: “The Parel terminus will not just help in taking the pressure off CSMT, but will also help in improving operations of suburban local trains. Terminating and starting long-distance trains at Parel will streamline the local services.”

The terminus is proposed to be built on CR’s land, by shifting its Parel workshop. Built in 1879, the workshop, one of the CR’s oldest, is spread over 19 acres adjoining the railway lines. It was initially used for steam engines and later to manufacture and assemble diesel locomotives. Currently, maintenance of long-distance trains is undertaken periodically at the workshop.

Some railway officials feel the plan could lead to chaos. “We had planned a long-distance terminus earlier too, but soon realised it would be chaotic for passengers to reach the station. Instead of Parel, CR should focus on developing a mega terminus at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT), as it is connected to all parts of the city,” said Subodh Jain, former railway board member and former general manager of CR.

Meanwhile, the construction of the 51-crore suburban railway terminus at Parel is in its final stage and expected to be functional by March. Suburban local trains will be operated to and from Parel railway station and are expected to ease the crowd at Dadar and Kurla stations.

Passenger associations have welcomed the move. “The suburban and long-distance termini will help passengers in the future as commuters have shifted to the north. They won’t have to come till CSMT to board an outstation train,” said Subhash Gupta, president, Rail Yatra Parishad.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • Final touches being given to a multiplex ahead of its opening, in Srinagar on Sunday. (PTI)

    Kashmir’s first multiplex set to open early next monthin Sonawar

    Come September and film aficionados in Kashmir will be able to watch the latest movies on the big screen as the Valley's first multiplex is set to open in the Sonawar area here. The multiplex, being developed in collaboration with leading theatre chain INOX, will have three movie halls with a total capacity of 520 seats, its owner Vijay Dhar told PTI. It will house several food courts, where Dhar plans to promote local cuisine.

  • The Clock Tower at Lal Chowk illuminated on the eve of 75th Independence Day in Srinagar on Sunday. (Waseem Andrabi / Hindustan Times)

    J&K enthusiasm breaking all records: LG Manoj Sinha on Har Ghar Tiranga drive

    A walkathon was organised on the banks of Dal Lake in Srinagar on Sunday in which Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, along with many senior civil, security officials and hundreds of security personnel, besides people marched holding Tricolour in hands. The walkathon, a part of the 'Har Ghar Tiranga' campaign, was organised by the Border Security Force from the Lalit Ghat to the Botanical Garden.

  • DGP Dilbag Singh on Sunday said that attempts were being made from the other side of the Line of Control (LoC) to push dormant militants into the union territory as a part of a conspiracy. (Image for representational purpose)

    Situation in J&K much better now: DGP Dilbag Singh

    Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir director general of police Dilbag Singh on Sunday said that attempts were being made from the other side of the Line of Control (LoC) to push dormant militants into the union territory as a part of a conspiracy. The DGP, however, said the infiltration has been very negligible. The DGP said that J&K's security situation is much better now.

  • Dairy farmers of Punjab on Saturday threatened to stage an indefinite dharna in front of Verka Milk Plant, Ludhiana, on August 24 against the non-implementation of the economic package announced by state government. (Shutterstock)

    Punjab dairy farmers to go on indefinite dharna from Aug 24

    Dairy farmers of Punjab on Saturday threatened to stage an indefinite dharna in front of Verka Milk Plant, Ludhiana, on August 24 against the non-implementation of the economic package announced by state government. “We had high expectations from the new government, but on the contrary, after the formation of the government, difficulties of dairy farmers have increased,” said progressive dairy farmers association president Daljit Singh Sadarpura.

  • The Punjab and Haryana high court has current strength of judges at 46 against the sanctioned strength of 85. With these appointments, the number would go upto 57. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

    Centre notifies appointments of 11 additional judges at Punjab and Haryana high court

    The Central government on Sunday notified appointments of elevation advocates as additional judges of Punjab and Haryana high court. Supreme Court collegium had recommended names of thirteen lawyers on July 25 out of which 11 names have been cleared by the government. In the list are: taxation lawyer, Jagmohan Bansal; Harsh Bunger, Alok Kumar Jain, Sanjay Vashisth, Tribhuvan Dahiya, Namit Kumar, Harkesh Manuja and Aman Chaudhary.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Monday, August 15, 2022
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now