As poll code looms, govt gifts Rs.4k cr rail projects to city, state

As poll code looms, government gifts Rs 4,000 crore rail projects to Mumbai, Maharashtra.

MUMBAI: With the election code of conduct likely to kick in this week, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis inaugurated a slew of major infrastructure rail projects worth over Rs 4,000 crore for Mumbai and the rest of the state on Sunday.

The projects include launch of phase-2 of Mumbai Monorail from Wadala to Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk (Jacob Circle), which had missed several deadlines in the past, and the Parel Terminus which has come up exactly 25 years after the city got its last terminus at Dombivli. Terminating trains at Parel was a long-standing demand, and will decongest Dadar station while bringing relief to lakhs of office-goers.

Union railway minister Piyush Goyal hinted at plans for a direct train between Alibaug and Mumbai in the near future. Other big announcements included a new railway station at Chikhloli between Ambernath and Badlapur; a 28-km, Rs 726 crore Kalyan-Murbad line via Ulhasnagar; and 180 escalators on CR and WR.

Mumbai also got a new 15-car rake which will run six services between CSMT and Kalyan to reduce overcrowding.

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