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GTB Nagar station to get a makeover

Monday, 21 July 2014 - 7:21am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

Thousands of people who use Guru Tegh Bahadur Nagar station can expect considerable hardships over the next year and a half, as the station will undergo a major rebuilding as a part of the prime minister's office-monitored new goods line project between Kurla and Wadala.

As reported earlier by dna, the goods line project has already begun, it's an ambitious Rs107 crore project to add a third line between the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) and Kurla, for quicker transport of imported coal to the state's power plants.

Since the laying of the new line would be affecting GTBN station majorly, Central Railway has prepared a Rs5.3 crore plan that would include the construction of a new platform and extending the island platform currently on. The station's rebuilding will also include dismantling and re-construction of the foot over-bridges on both ends of the station.

"The extra platform will take care of the passenger load because unlike earlier times, GTBN station now sees a lot of crowds thanks to the booming real estate scene in areas like Antop Hill, Prateeksha Nagar, among others all of which form the catchment area of GTBN station," said a senior CR official.

The third line is a major part of the government's plan to augment the capacity of coal-based power plants in the state, the third line would ensure the timely transport of imported coal from MbPT to Kurla and then on the CR mainline to different power plants in the state. Officials said that once this third line comes up, the number of goods trains will be far more than the 15 to 20 trains that move through Kurla now.

As of now, goods trains emanating from MbPT compete with hundreds of Harbour line trains that use Kurla station. The result has caused considerable delays for both sets of trains as these goods trains cross over from the Harbour lines to move on to the fast lines at Kurla, to move out of the city to different parts of the state.

The project- a joint venture of Central Railway, Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) and the MbPT- is a tough one, said officials, mainly because of the 1,700 Project-Affected Persons (PAPs), who have to be rehabilitated.

What's the plan?

Since the laying of the new line would be affecting GTBN station majorly, Central Railway has prepared a Rs5.3 crore plan that would include the construction of a new platform and extending the island platform currently on. The station's rebuilding will also include dismantling and re-construction of the foot overbridges on both ends of the station.

What is the need?

The third line is a major part of the government's plan to augment the capacity of coal-based power plants in the state, the third line would ensure the timely transport of imported coal from MbPT to Kurla and then on the CR mainline to different power plants in the state. Officials said that once this third line comes up, the number of goods trains will be far more than the 15 to 20 trains that move through Kurla now.

Why GTBN station?

"The extra platform will take care of the passenger load because unlike earlier times, GTBN station now sees a lot of crowds thanks to the booming real estate scene in areas like Antop Hill, Prateeksha Nagar, among others all of which form the catchment area of GTBN station," said a senior CR official.




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