Union Railway minister Piyush Goyal and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis attended a ceremony to mark the inauguration of Parel Suburban Terminus, and also flagged off 15 new rakes from CST, on Sunday. The ministers inaugurated the Parel terminus via video conferencing, and also flagged off its first local train.
A new Kalyan-Murbad line was also announced on the occasion, as was the construction of 180 new escalators on the suburban line. The foundation for a new station, Chikhloli, between Ambarnath and Kalyan, was also laid. The Kalyan-Murbad line will be 28 km long and will be built at a cost of Rs 726 crore.
They also laid the foundation stones for a new an 84.44-km-long Solapur-Osmanabad line, to be constructed at a cost of Rs 905 crore.
Apart from these, the Pune-Nagpur weekly Humsafar Express; a 15-car EMU service on the Central Railway suburban network; the Pen-Thal and Jasai-Uran line electrification; foot-overbridges at Kurla, Sion, Diva, Guru Tegh Bahadur Nagar, Mahalaxmi and Palghar stations; the Lonavala, and Igatpuri beautifications; and a Vistadome coach for the Neral-Matheran train were also inaugurated.
While speaking at the inaugural function, Goyal said he was aware of the woes of suburban rail commuters in Mumbai as he was from the city, and had spent most of his life here.
“It is a good sign for the commuters of Mumbai that the state and the Central governments are working as a double-engine to speed up the completion of projects in the city. For better rail connectivity between Alibaug and Mumbai, we are thinking of starting a rail line between Alibaug and Pen, so that commuters from Alibaug can avail rail facilities to commute to Mumbai,” Goyal said.
Fadnavis congratulated Goyal and said MUTP 3 and MUTP 3A were game-changers for the city’s development. “It’s for the first time in the history of Mumbai that Rs 55,000 crore have been allocated for the MUTP 3A project,” the CM said.
An MoU was also signed between the Railway Land Development Authority and the Dharavi Re-development Authority of the state government in the presence of the ministers for the redevelopment of Dharavi.