CENTRAL RAILWAY passengers using Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) will soon enjoy a mall and multi-cuisine restaurants, besides a budget food court, to be developed through a public-private partnership. Located in Kurla and occupying about 50 acres of land, the Central Railway plans to give the station a new look on the lines of Western Railway’s Mumbai Central station.
“To reduce the load of long distance railway traffic at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the Central Railway has decided to double the number of long distance trains plying from Lokmanya Tilak terminus. The footfall at Lokmanya Tilak terminus have increased significantly, as presently there are 60 long distance trains originating from and terminating at this station,” said a senior CR official.
Passengers on long distance routes currently travel to CST, Dadar or Kalyan. The CR has plans to reduce long distance trains in Dadar as well as CST in the future. “The project will be executed by the Railway Land Development Authority on an area of about 20 acres that CR has in its possession at Lokmanya Tilak terminus. We plan to connect this terminus to Vidyavihar station too,” the official added.
The plans could be initiated by the end of this year or early 2016.
About 80 long distance trains can originate and terminate at LTT, officials estimate. Reducing railway traffic moving towards CST will help minimise traffic on the suburban system too.
Apart from adding two more up and down lines for smooth traffic, other passenger facilities to be introduced at LTT include better connectivity to other modes of transportation, budget food courts, a hotel, a mall, multi-storey parking and escalators, all to be developed through the PPP mode.
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