Plan to Revamp Dadar and Kurla stations scrapped

मुंबई Mumbai:  In the wake of the railway board scrapping plans to renovate Dadar and Kurla stations, the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) will have no projects after 2016. Had the two stations been renovated as planned, it would have reduced congestion and made it easier for commuters to find their way in and out of them.

The plan was to connect platforms at Kurla and Dadar railway stations to all the foot-over-bridges, provide new exits at Kurla and Dadar east as well as more circulating space for commuters to move around within the stations. The project had also received a Rs.250 crore nod from the World Bank. “There was no logical reason given to the MRVC as to why the project was dropped. MRVC was simply told that Mumbai did not need it. At this rate, Mumbai will have no infrastructure project that will be operational after 2016 on its suburban system,” said an official on the condition of anonymity.

At present, the MRVC has three projects in the pipeline which are expected to reach completion by 2016. “The 5th and 6th line between Kalwa and Thane, extension of Panvel-Andheri services to Goregaon and increase in the number of coaches from 9 to 12 on the harbor line will all be completed by 2016. After that, the MRVC does not have any infrastructure projects as the CST-Panvel fast corridor and Churchgate-Virar elevated corridor have hit the doldrums due to lack of political will,” said the official.

The MRVC spokesperson was unavailable for comment.

MRVC was established in 1995 exclusively for the unique needs of the Mumbai suburban system and has 51 per cent funding from the Indian Railways and 49 per cent from the Maharashtra state government.