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Andheri-Goregaon extension track will be commissioned before Dec 31, says MRVC.

The much-delayed CSMT-Goregaon direct local is likely to get operational by early January next year. The work on the extension of the harbour line from Andheri to Goregaon is almost complete and the track will be commissioned before December 31, 2017, said Prabhat Sahai, Chairman and MD of Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC), the executing agency.

The extended line that is expected to cost Rs 314 crore will benefit more than one lakh commuters.

“The trial run of the engine had already been successfully held between Andheri and Goregaon in June this year this year,” said Sahai.

Currently, 37 local services of Western railway and 52 local services of Central railway terminate at Andheri on Harbour line. After the extension of the track up to Goregaon, most of these services will also be extended up to Goregaon, said Ravinder Bhakar, chief public relations officer of Western railway, told Mirror on Tuesday.

When asked about the date of commencement of local services on this extended route, Bhakar said that the WR will apply for the approval of the commissioner of railway safety for running the train as soon as the MRVC hands over the tracks to them. The train service will start soon after the approval is granted.

“WR is also considering extension of harbor line till Borivali,” said Bhaker.

Currently, there is only one service between CSMT-Borivali, which runs during evening peak hours.

CSMT-Borivali service will help decongest the Churchgate-Borivali corridor. WR runs services on four lines (two each for slow and fast corridors) in the up and down directions. It operates 1,355 services between Churchgate-Dahanu daily to cater to 37 lakh commuters.

The Andheri-Goregaon extension project on Harbour line is a part of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) II, which was sanctioned in 2008. The utility shifting work related to this project was started in 2009 and track laying work started in 2011-2012, said an official of MRVC.

“It was supposed to be completed in 2014, but due to resettlement and rehabilitation issues, the project got delayed. The resettlement and rehabilitation issue was finally resolved on November 5, 2016,” added the official.

Source – Mumbai Mirror



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