MUMBAI: The Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) is inching closer to clearing the final hurdle for introducing 12-car rakes on the Harbour line in 2014. Land acquisition for Reay Road and Vadala Road stations is expected to be completed by January, which will pave the way for platform extension work at most stations along the Harbour route, railway sources said.
Officials said that at Reay Road and Vadala stations there will be an “exchange of land” with the Mumbai Port Trust. While the land to be acquired at Vadala admeasures 246 sq m (in lieu of which the Railways will allot a similar sized plot to MbPT in the vicinity), the area to be acquired at Reay Road is around 950 sq m.
The two stations had posed a major challenge as officials awaited permissions from the port trust and the ministry of shipping for over a year. “However, we have been pursuing the issue with the ministry of shipping and transport and are expecting positive action shortly. If we get the land by January as expected, it will be possible to introduce 12-car rakes in 2014,” an official said.
When contacted, MRVC Managing Director Rakesh Saksena told that the work of platform extension was on at other stations. “We will complete the extension of platforms at Sandhurst Road, Sewree and Govandi stations by April next year, Chunabhatti and Tilak Nagar by June, Chembur by July, Mankhurd by August, King’s Circle and CST by December,” he said.
Only one of the Harbour line platforms at Mumbai CST will be extended for 12-car rakes. “We will extend only platform 2, it will be the final leg of the project. We expect to introduce the new 12-car rakes on the Harbour route by December 2014,” Saksena added.
GEARING UP FOR 12-CAR RAKES
STATUS OF PROJECT
- Land acquisitions pending at Reay Road and Vadala stations.
- Platform Extension work at Sandhurst Road, Sewree and Govandi stations to complete by April next year.
- Platform extension of Chunabhatti and Tilak Nagar by June.
- Platform of Chembur to be ready by July
- At Mankhurd by August
- King Circle and CST platforms to be ready by December next year. CST will have only one platform (No 2) extended for 12-car rake as platform No 1 ends in the railway administrative building.