Jogeshwari may get long-distance train terminal

Project gets ministry nod, token Budget allocation; will reduce congestion at Bandra, Mumbai Central

Jogeshwari station might be the site for a new terminal for long-distance passenger trains on Western Railway (WR), with the Railway Ministry granting in-principle approval to the project and proposing a token allocation for it in the interim Budget.

Chief Public Relations Officer, WR, Ravinder Bhakar, said the project was planned to decongest the two termini on WR: Bandra and Mumbai Central. “When the project is complete, it will potentially [allow] more services to be run, especially between Andheri and Churchgate. Jogeshwari is also centrally located and passengers would not need go all the way to south Mumbai,” he said.

The terminal is planned on the eastern side of Jogeshwari and will be connected by road. Senior railway officials, however, said it was still a long way to go as no funds had yet been disbursed for the project. “The status of the project will get clearer after the full Budget. As of now, we haven’t been intimated about it,” a senior railway official said.

WR has also been asked to look into reducing the runtime of the Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani Express to 12 hours from 14. The interim Budget has proposed a token allocation of ₹1 lakh for the work. Senior officials said the project will include infrastructural upgrades across the length of the corridor. WR is awaiting approval from the railway board to have a push-pull system on the train, which could reduce runtime by around 40 minutes.

The ministry has also proposed around ₹100 crore for 42 new foot overbridges and ₹12 crore to make the Andheri-Virar slow corridor ready for 15-car services. WR has already started work on the latter, which will require extension of 27 platforms on 14 stations in the section, and is aiming to complete it by December 2019.

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