Addl.Tracks laying on Thane-Diva line gets delayed as Rlys fail to reclaim encroached lands

मुंबई Mumbai:  The laying of additional fifth and sixth ine railway tracks between Thane and Diva may not be completed before its deadline of December 2016 as Railways has failed to reclaim the encroached lands.

The project is being handled by Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC). Officials said that the land near the rail overbridge (ROB) near Mumbra station has been encroached upon. Reclaiming that land may push the deadline well into mid-2017.

“The problem of this encroachment will affect our deadline. Removing human encroachment takes a lot of time,” said an official on condition of anonymity.The corridor starting from Kurla to Thane and from Thane to Diva is being built on the extreme west of the current mainline.

It will be mostly used by goods trains, allowing local trains to run smoothly on the existing four lines.

The MRVC has faced criticism for delaying the project, which has resulted in escalating the project cost from Rs133 crore to Rs 287.62 crore.