Once the Rs.30 crore project pertaining to station improvement plan is ready by the end of this financial year, it will decongest the station, create more entry and exit points, and passengers will be able to drive directly into the station premises
दादर पश्चिम Dadar (DDR): The Western Railway has completed a major chunk of the elevated Dadar midtown terminus rail project, running parallel to Tilak Bridge. Once the Rs 30 crore project is ready by the end of this financial year, it will decongest the station, create more entry and exit points, and passengers would be able to drive directly into the station premises. The elevated premise is as wide as an eight-lane highway and would carry taxis and public transport buses.
The new midtown terminal at Dadar was planned as less and less people are now travelling all the way to Churchgate, with the business district shifting northwards. “The working poulation is shifting northwards and trains are virtually empty between Dadar and Churchgate. This prompted us to build a midtown terminus at Dadar, which will help decongest the existing station,” Sharat Chandrayan, Western Railway’s chief spokesperson, said.
“The connection with Tilak Bridge has been completed, but portions on the other side of the elevated deck are still being built. It is a a station improvement plan like the Station Area Traffic Improvement scheme (SATIS) in Thane,” a WR engineer said.
Amenities on Western fringe of Dadar station remains neglected in Rs.900 Cr Kurla-CST project
Dadar West The railway ministry may have cleared the Rs900-crore plan to create new rail lines between Kurla and CST, but what’s still not clear is whether the plan to make some changes to the western fringe of Central Railway’s Dadar station will be a part of it.
While the Kurla elevated harbour line and Parel terminus are the two big-ticket parts of the Kurla-CST plan, there is also a component — though still at a nascent stage of the project — which will see the creation of a new platform at
Dadar, so that the congestion of platform number 1/2 is mitigated.
The present scenario…
Currently, as slow trains come on to platform number one from Parel to move forward on its onward journey, and trains terminating at Dadar come on platform number 2, the crowds that rush out of both trains are the highest anywhere in the country’s railway network. The platform is narrower than the normal ones.
According to officials, it can take more than twenty minutes for the crowds to clear. Some even call it ‘an almost stampede like situation’ during morning and evening rush hours.
What the plan proposes
The plan involves creating a platform on the western side of track number one. Currently, this stretch of land is dotted with railway union and smaller railway offices. “This platform, what we call a home platform, can be accessed by people to alight on both sides from a local coming into Dadar from CST. This will majorly bring down the rush when trains come in both on track one and two,” said an official.
Access by road
Moreover, the platform can also be accessed from the road that marks the boundary between WR and CR’s ownership of Dadar. This road runs all the way from Tilak Bridge on the north-end of Dadar and officials say it has space on either side to be widened as well.
What are the roadblocks?
However, there are hurdles. The land has union offices — which might be tough to remove — and also it is a bit of no-man’s land with the ownership unclear between WR and CR. Moreover, the operations department of CR wants an extra line to be made on the western side of track one. This line, the operating department contends, will run straight into Matunga workshop and will allow long-distance trains parked at Parel yard straight into the workshop.
“Currently, trains parked at Parel yard have to be taken into the workshop for maintenance and repairs via track number 1. At times, it impedes the suburban system. However, if this line is made, then making a platform there would not be possible,” said an official.