Cidco begins work on Nerul-Uran rail link
If all goes as per plan, in the next four years, you would be able to take a direct train from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) to Uran. For, the City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) has begun work on the railway line project connecting Nerul and Belapur to Uran via Seawood.
Currently, the commuters take a state transport (ST) bus from Nerul or Panvel to reach Nhava Sheva, Uran or JNPT. The work on the 27-km railway line — stalled since 2008 — commenced with the execution of the tripartite agreement between railways, Cidco and state government in July.
“The railway line will have 10 stations and the project is expected to be complete in four years,” said Tanaji Satre, managing director, Cidco.
While Cidco would contribute Rs946 crore, railways will provide Rs466 crore for the Rs1,412.17 crore project. “The service would be of great help to office-goers. It will save both time and money,” said Reshma Patil, 33, Uran resident.
The project was planned in 1996-97 at a total cost of Rs459.49 crore, but got delayed thus leading to revision of estimates. The 10 stations to be built on the Nerul-Uran line are Seawoods, Sagarsanga (Kille), Targhar, Bamandongri, Kharkopar, Gavan, Ranjanpada, Nhava-Sheva, Dronagiri and Uran. Moreover, four major and five road overbridges would be constructed on the stretch as part of the project.
One arm of the railway line will also go to Belapur station from Sagarsangam.