Elevated railway corridors would be the solution for congested suburban rail services, said Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu in Mumbai on Monday. He said that adding such corridors would increase the capacity of suburban operations to meet the growing number of passengers. At a press conference held to inaugurate various passenger amenities on the Mumbai suburban section, Prabhu said an investment of at least Rs 20,000 crore to Rs 40,000 crore would be required to increase the efficiency of services in the city.
“At present, the number of commuters is higher in comparison to the services available. To improve operations, there is a need to bring elevated corridors, which will help match the rising demand. Also, the railways and the state government must co-ordinate to invite new technology which will improve the frequency of services,” said Prabhu.
At present, elevated corridors have been planned between Oval Maidan-Virar on the Western Railway and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST)-Panvel on the Central Railway. The corridors are likely to take 30% load off existing lines. Prabhu also stressed on the need for the state government to work in tandem with officials for better delivery of passenger amenities in the vicinity of railway stations and consider staggered office timings to better manage the rush hours.
He inaugurated WiFi facility at stations, including Kalyan, Lokmanya Tilak Terminus, Dadar (Western Railway & Central Railway), Bandra Terminus, Churchgate and Khar Road. Other amenities such as a water recycling plant and a bio-toilet for the differently abled at CST, deluxe toilets at Kurla and Thane, a pay-and-use toilet at Mahalaxmi station, a green toilet at Khar Road and other new toilets at Kalyan & Govandi, as well as new booking offices at Borivali, Nallasopara and Goregaon stations were inaugurated.
He also promised 12-coach trains and two new 12-coach platforms for the Harbour line, two new lifts at Andheri station, booking office at Goregaon station, footover bridge at Karjat, Shahad, Kurla, King’s Circle, Reay Road & Chembur, and escalator at Vasai Road and Nallasopara after unveiling the plaque. firstname.lastname@example.org