In what comes as a relief for railway commuters, Panvel in Navi Mumbai and Parel in central Mumbai are set to become major railway terminals in the next three years. Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu Monday flagged off the project to turn Panvel into a terminal for long-distance trains and Parel into a suburban terminus.
Once completed, Panvel will become Navi Mumbai’s first rail terminus, allowing commuters to board several outstation trains at Panvel itself without having to travel to the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT), the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) or other terminals. Under the project, three platforms would also be constructed. A dedicated line will be laid from Panvel to Kalamboli to move coaches to a maintenance depot that will come up at the Panvel terminal.
“The coaching complex will allow for construction of four washing lines and a stabling line along with other coach maintenance facilities at Kalamboli,” said Narendra Patil, chief PRO, Central Railway.
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The cost of the project, sanctioned in 2012-13, will be shared between the City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) and Central Railway in a 2:1 ratio. The total estimated cost of the project is Rs 154 crore. The deadline is March 31, 2019.
The Parel project will involve the construction of a terminal line with double-discharge platforms, each 10-m wide. The project is a part of the Mumbai CST-Kurla fifth and sixth lines and is a component of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP)-II. The allocated cost for the Parel terminus is Rs 51 crore of a total amount of Rs 891 crore given for the entire CST-Kurla project.
The project would be commissioned in two phases. Phase 1 will see construction of the fifth and sixth line between Kurla and Parel, the cost of which is Rs 455 crore. The deadline is 2019-20. Similarly, the second phase would cover Parel-CST, the cost of which is estimated to be Rs 436 crore. The deadline is 2020-21.
“In recent years, Parel has become the central point for a lot of office-goers compared to the southern suburbs. The conversion of Parel terminus will not only distribute the commuter density of the station but also facilitate the process of reserving the fifth and sixth lines on the CST-Kurla section for mail trains,” Prabhu said.