थाना Thane (TNA): Thane and Palghar District Railway Passengers Association has urged the Centre and state to provide a rail link between Dahanu-Kalyan and metro/mono services between Ambadi-Vasai on priority basis. The demands were made in a press conference, addressed by President of the Association Om Prakash Sharma, at Wada today. Sharma, a member of the BJP National Council, has also fought for the long demanded Dahanu-Nashik rail link in the region. Addressing media from the two districts he said, “while one link comes under the perview of the Union Railway Ministry, the other is under the state government, but both should be cleared on priority. These links will uplift the life of tribals living in villages to be covered enroute and provide them with employment opportunities. They will also save a lot of travel-time, money and energy.” Explaining the demanded route, Sharma said that the Dahanu-Kalyan rail link comprises of Dahanu-Malwada, Wada-Sagaon, Ambadi Road,Dugad, Mhapoli, Padgha, Khadavali and Kalyan stations, and will cover a distance of 120 kms and poulation of around 25 lakh.
He further said that the Ambadi-Vasai route which covers a distance of 45 kms and population of around 20 lakh, could be either a metro or a mono rail line. “The Ambadi-Vasai route comes under the MMR region and there is a dire need for commuter facilities there. This will prove to be a blessing for villagers and link the Central and Western lines. As it is the government is in the process of finalizing a metro upto Thane which could be extended and with additional provision operated between Ambadi and Vasai,” Sharma added. Also present on the occasion were State BJP Secretary Harish Bhoye, and senior district leader and former TDCC Bank Chairman RC Patil. The other speakers also shared Sharma’s views and hoped that the present government at the centre and state will take up the projects seriously and act quickly on them. Meanwhile, the Association will be completing 30 years and several programmes including a rail parishad have been planned for the anniversary celebrations