MRVC proposes Overhaul of 20 Stations in Mumbai

मुम्बई Mumbai:  Though plans for redevelopment of Borivali, Dadar and Kurla railway stations have been scrapped, officials of the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) have made a proposal for redevelopment of 20 stations, which is to be presented to the new government after the state Assembly polls.

The Asian Age first reported scrapping of redevelopment plans for Kurla and Dadar stations on August 13 where we said that the Railway Board had rejected the proposal even though the state government had given its nod to sharing in the cost of the Rs 250-crore project on a 50-50 basis.

MRVC officials, however, are unfazed and are coming up with a proposal to redevelop 20 stations across the Central, Western and Harbour lines.

“Our initial proposal to redevelop Borivali, Kurla and Dadar was scrapped, but we are thinking of creating the same kind of connectivity for these 20 stations,” said an MRVC official on condition of anonymity.

“We hope that when we present the proposal to the new state government in November or December, we will get the go-ahead from both the Railway Board and the new government so that we can start work as soon as possible,” the official added.

The total cost of the project is estimated to be Rs 2,000 crore and it is modelled on the lines of the previous plan where platforms of all 20 stations will be connected to foot-overbridges and new exits will be provided for quick crowd dispersal. The project will also provide more elbow space for commuters to move around within the station premises.

MRVC managing director Rakesh Saksena said, “The plan is at a very nascent stage and we are just getting it ready so that if any of the authorities ask us to show it to them, we have it ready for execution.”