In a major development, it has come to light that 19 stations in Mumbai on both Central and Western Railways will see a makeover costing INR 947 crores.
As a part of Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP)-3A, the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) will be improving stations, constructing FOBs, elevated decks, inter-connecting with FOBs and skywalks, developing green spaces and other improvements as well.
These works shall be seen in the coming months at different railway stations on Main and Harbour lines on both Central Railways (CR) and Western Railways (WR). Besides, smaller stations which see lesser footfall and that needs an upgrade will also be considered.
The MRVC will be undertaking to revamp of 11 railway stations on CR and 8 stations on WR.
Moreover, for this, MRVC have also called for tenders wherein various works shall be carried out in and implemented in 7 different lots, said officials.
As per accounts, there are a total of 119 stations on the Mumbai Suburban Railway System. Most of the stations are more than 80 years old and highly congested, stated railway officials.
MRVC officials stated that there is an urgent need for additional circulating space for passengers as it has become restricted due to augmentation of service and increase of the length of trains to 12/15 coach.
In addition, it has been planned to improved entry/exit projects, relocation of service buildings, stalls, kiosks etc., improving entry/exit, improve the circulating area, provision of green space, improvement in general lighting and general electrical services etc.
For MUTP-3A, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) will be financing towards the cost. The revamp is part of the INR 33,690 crores MUTP-3A which will augment the suburban rail system, especially in the northern suburbs and across the wider Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
However, the development work has been hampered by the lockdown and restrictions imposed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Stations that would be revamped:
Central Railway (Main and Harbour Line)
- GTB Nagar
- Mumbai Central
- Khar Road
- Mira Road
- Vasai Road