Much awaited 6th Line project spanning 8.8 kilometers between Khar Road and Goregaon was successfully commissioned on November 5th. This milestone is the result of meticulous preparation, including a block of 30 nights and a main block of 29 nights, culminating in a speed trial conducted at an impressive 112 kmph.
According to WR, this ambitious railway project's successful completion signifies a significant step forward in improving the efficiency and capacity of Mumbai's suburban rail network, benefiting countless commuters and contributing to the development of the city's transportation infrastructure.
Goregaon-Borivali line to be completed by June 2014
A senior official from Western Railways (WR) revealed that their next target is to complete the 6th line project between Goregaon and Borivali by June 2024. Currently, the Goregaon to Borivali section operates with five tracks. However, with the addition of the 6th track extending up to Borivali, a significant reconfiguration will take place.
"All long-distance trains that currently originate or terminate at Bandra Terminus will be shifted to the 5th and 6th lines. This strategic move is poised to unlock additional pathways for local trains in the section, potentially resulting in a remarkable increase of over 15 percent in local train services. This development promises to enhance the efficiency and capacity of Mumbai's suburban railway network, ultimately benefitting the countless commuters who rely on it daily" he said.
Speaking about complition of Khar-Goregaon 6th line project, official said, the project involved several significant developments, including the insertion of turnouts and trap points on existing lines, as well as the introduction of new turnouts. Independent connectivity of the 5th and 6th lines to Bandra Terminus Yard was established through track slewing and dismantling, with various machinery utilized in the construction process.
Other significant developments
"Beyond rail infrastructure improvements, the project encompassed numerous other developments. Twenty-seven new Foot Over Bridges (FOBs) were constructed, replacing existing ones and minimizing disruptions. Additionally, 192 flats were built to replace railway quarters, and 6 new electronic interlocking buildings, 2 traction sub stations (TSS) buildings, 3 booking offices, and other associated facilities were constructed," further added officials.
An essential social aspect of the project was the relocation of 607 project-affected families, with alternative housing provided to ensure their well-being. Furthermore, 990 trees were either transplanted or cut down to make way for the infrastructure expansion. The acquisition of private land at Vile Parle, which involved the shifting of 3 residents, marked a crucial point in the project's execution.