MUMBAI: In this year’s state budget, funds were allocated for projects involved in augmenting the areas in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. The Railway Board has taken a step towards it as it approved halts for local trains at Umbermali station between Kasara and Khardi. Until now, Umbermali simply had two platforms and a station master’s office.
The station will also have other amenities like FOBs, food stalls, roof over the platforms, seating arrangements, fans and lights etc. “We had been demanding for this for a long time now. It had been a struggle for the locals here who had to either go to Kasara or Khardi station,” said Rajesh Gangav, president of Kalyan-Kasara-Karjat Passenger Association.Both these stations are more than 3 kms apart. The locals staying between Asangaon and Kasara had demanded for two stations – Umbermali and Tanshet to be included in Mumbai suburban section.
Meanwhile, the budget will also provide funds for MUTP-3A which revolves around growth of MMR including additional rail lines between Kalyan-Asangaon and Kalyan-Badlapur.