Thane: More services on Central Railway soon, says Shiv Sena MP Shrikant Shinde

THANE: As many as 80 new local services could be soon operated on the Mumbai suburban network largely benefitting commuters from suburbs beyond Thane, Shiv Sena MP Dr Shrikant Shinde said.

Dr Shinde made the announcement after review of the fifth and sixth railway corridor work between Thane and Diva , which was completed on Monday midnight, paving an uninterrupted and separate corridor for suburban and outstation trains between Kalyan and Kurla . While express and freight trains will now run on the fifth and sixth corridor through the long Parsik tunnel, all four suburban lines will now pass through Kalwa and Mumbra stations.

“The segregation of suburban railway lines has paved the way for operating new trains on the suburban sector. As many as 80 new suburban trains could be operated on the stretch which will provide much relief to commuters travelling on this segment. Till now suburban services were affected due to overlapping of express and local train paths between Thane and Kalyan which will now be a thing of the past,” said Shinde.

Railway officials said the corridor separation involved laying a 1.4 km long rail flyover, 24 major and minor bridges and a 170 m long tunnel along the 9-km-long route which was nothing short of a challenge. The Thane-Diva fifth and sixth line was sanctioned in 2008-09 under the MUTP II with equal cost-sharing between the ministry of railways and state government, informed Shivaji Sutar , chief PRO at Central Railway.

Activist Nandkumar Deshmukh said the segregation and announcement of new trains on the section will be a boon but claimed complete benefit will be only after complete segregation of lines till CSMT. “The railways must push for a faster implementation of the Kurla to Mumbai separate corridor which will give complete relief to suburban commuters as outstation trains arriving or leaving CSMT or Dadar will still have to use the suburban lines or cross over at Kurla which will be time-consuming,” he said.


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