Central Railway to align Harbour Line along Eastern Freeway

Mumbai: Central Railway is working on an alternate alignment for the Harbour Line from Dockyard Road over the Eastern Freeway. This alignment will free up space at both Masjid and Sandhurst Road that will be used exclusively for the fifth and sixth lines from Kurla to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST).

New sister stations will come up at both Masjid and Sandhurst Road that will provide points of interchange for both Main and Harbour Lines. At CST, the Harbour Line trains will terminate on a new deck that would come up at the existing platforms 17 and 18. These two platforms are currently being used for long distance passenger trains.

“With the provision of a long foot-over bridge, that connects all 18 platforms at CST, passengers will be able to go towards any side of the “station,” said a senior officer at Central Railway.

On February 27, 2015, Central Railway administration held a meeting with the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and other agencies on the issue of construction of fifth and sixth lines from Kurla to CST.

An alternate alignment for the existing harbour line from Dockyard Road to CST has been identified so that the space along this stretch may be used for the fifth and sixth lines.

The alternate alignment will be at elevated level of about 5.5 metre from the road level. The entire project will be completed at a cost of Rs 1,367 crore, which will be on a 50:50 partnership between the state government and the Railways.

According to Sunil Kumar Sood, General Manager, Central Railway, “Now MMRDA, the Mumbai Port Trust and the traffic department has given us permission for constructing elevated lines on the route.’’

A senior official, who was present during a recent meeting between the authorities of the Port Trust, MMRDA and Central Railway, said on condition of anonymity: “Earlier, the plan was to construct the elevated corridor over Mansion road in South Mumbai. However, it was subsequently decided that the elevated alignment will be on P D’Mello Road, which is 64 metre away from Mansion Road.”