While the budget focused more on completing the existing projects, study of Thane-Navi Mumbai line comes as a surprise

Mumbai : The budgetary announcement to conduct a feasibility survey for a 60 km line from the proposed Navi Mumbai airport to Thane has left railway officials bewildered. In the wake of no new projects announced for the suburban commuters, the feasibility survey of the Thane-Navi Mumbai line along with one km line is nothing more than a surprise.

While the budget emphasised on completing the ongoing projects there was no mention of new proposals or the additional lines. The 2-km line between Airoli and Kalwa, which will provide connectivity between Trans-harbor and the harbor line, has also been left out.

Senior railway officials feel that the Thane-Navi Mumbai line has been taken into consideration with the Thane being connected to the high-speed corridor. Thane station has been considered as one of the halts for the ambitious bullet train. A dedicated line from Navi-Mumbai to Thane will provide a direct connectivity from the proposed airport to the speed corridor.

A senior railway official said, “The commuters coming from the airport will be able to directly get to the speed corridor.

“There also remains a possibility of the line being proposed after recommendations from the CM’s office.” The problems faced for starting a line from Airoli to Kalwa was the space for the construction of the station at Kalwa. “Merely laying the tracks does not solve the issue, there needs to be provision made for the trains and the car-shed,” added the official.

Meanwhile, another survey will be conducted to check the feasibility of a line between CST to Churchgate. The one-km line is expected to provide connectivity to commuters at Ballard Pier for which Rs. 5.2 lakh has been granted to conduct a survey. A survey to check the feasibility of the line will be done whether the train will be underground or elevated.

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