Umbarmali, Thansit are now official stoppages for trains on Kalyan-Kasara line
The locals have been demanding two stations for 10 years and their efforts finally paid off.
The Central Railway has announced two new railway stations between Kasara and Kalyan — Umbarmali and Thansit.
The move will pave way for better amenities at these stations.
“As both the stations have received official approval from the Railway Board, they will get more facilities for commuters,” said AK Singh, public relations officer, Central Railway.
Umbarmali and Thansit railway stations come between Atgaon and Kasara railway stations.
Though the two stations have an operational halt, commuters travelling from these stations have many issues. The two stations have the basic structure of a railway station but no amenities as they had not been declared as proper stations.
“Earlier, there were no platforms at these stations. Later, narrow platforms were constructed. As Umbarmali and Thansit were not considered as stations, commuters getting down on these stations pay fines for boarding locals from here,” said Rajesh Ghangav, president of Kalyan-Kasara and Karjat Passengers’ Association.
Commuters travelling from these stations have been urging the railways to halt trains at these stations.
“Since 2008, we have been following up with senior officials of Central Railway,” added Ghangav.
Thansit railway station is between Atgaon and Khardi stations while Umbarmali railway station is between Khardi and Kasara.
“With Umbarmali and Thansit being official railways stations, around 11,000 commuters will benefit. We hope that we get all facilities such as toilets, food stalls and proper platforms soon,” said Sandeep Pawar, 32, a regular commuter from Umbarmali.