थाने Thane (TNA): Thane station will complete 161 years of its glorious existence on Wednesday, April 16, and will enter into its 162nd year. On this day in 1853, the first train ran from Boribundar to Thane. Ever since, Thane has evolved to become one of the most crowded stations on the Mumbai suburban network. The station is also termed as one of the busiest along the suburban network.
Over the years, the station has witnessed a lot of change both commuter wise as well as look wise. When it began, the station barely witnessed many people, but today, at any given time, the station is flocked with lakhs of commuters. On a daily basis, the station witnesses nearly 7 lakh commuters and generates an income of Rs 40 lakh.
On Wednesday, the station will enter its 162nd year but no grand celebration is on the cards as the election model code of conduct is in place. ”With the election model code of conduct in place, we cannot have any celebration. But there will be a cake cutting ceremony,” said station manager S B Mahidhar. Representatives of the Rail Pravashi Sangh will join in the ceremony.
“I am proud to be a commuter of this historic station. The station has developed by leaps and bounds over the years,” said Anil Gharat, a daily commuter and a resident of Thane.
The station has witnessed some major developments like the construction of the Station Area Traffic Improvement Scheme (SATIS), escalators, spacious foot overbridges, more number of ticket windows, ATVMs, etc.
The station also secured prominence for initiating the trans-Harbour train corridor to cater to the demands of lakhs of commuters travelling between the lake city and Navi Mumbai.