Navi Mumbai platforms to get longer
MUMBAI: There is good news for Navi Mumbai commuters and those living between Thane and Vashi. Central Railway (CR) has decided to extend the
length of platforms so that they can accommodate 12-car rakes. This will translate into a direct increase in the carrying capacity of trains by 25% in the sector if all services are augmented.
Tenders for the project will be invited shortly and it is expected to be completed before the end of this financial year. Senior officials indicate that the project is a priority for the CR general manager and may be completed much earlier.
According to railway officials, there would mainly be civil engineering work and it would pertain to increasing the length of platforms to accommodate longer trains.
"When Cidco conceived the Thane-Vashi-Nerul link, the future requirement of running 12-car services was taken into account. So, no major modifications to signalling or electrification are required,” CR chief administration officer (construction) K K Sharma said.
CR chief spokesperson S C Mudgerikar said 38 platforms would be extended in all. Platforms at Belapur and Panvel stations would be a part of MUTP.
Thane-Vashi and Navi Mumbai are rapidly growing areas. In 2004, stations in the sector were opened with only 12 services per day. Today, this (covering Thane-Vashi, Thane-Nerul-Panvel and Thane-Sanpada-Vashi) has increased to 126 services.
Commuters will get some relief in the next four years when a more ambitious project-the running of 12-car rakes by the MRVC-is expected to be completed.