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Railway News: Karjat-CSMT via Panvel route, an alternate local route is being prepared that will save 25 minutes for Mumbaikars…

Ritul Pandey

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Mumbai : Local travel to Kalyan Palikad on Central Railway’s Mumbai suburban main line has become busy. In such a situation, one has to hang on to the local trains during peak hours in the morning and evening on this route. Due to this, young people are dying by falling in the locality during the peak hours. Earlier, on an average 10 people used to die on all three routes combined, now there has been a slight improvement and on an average 8 people have died. Projects stalled for years, unavailability of space and lack of funds have made the journey beyond Thane and Kalyan deadly. The 29 km long Central Railway route from Panvel to Karjat (Panvel to Karjat Double Line) This new suburban corridor will provide rail travellers a ‘second option’ to reach Mumbai quickly.

The 28 km long Karjat-Panvel line is being constructed on the Mumbai Suburban Railway network. Panvel-Karjat is a double railway line. Three tunnels with a total length of 3,164 meters are being constructed on this route. The excavation of the longest tunnel number-2 (Waverly 2.6 km) has been completed recently. The work of tunnel number-3 (Kirwali tunnel 3.2 km) has been completed on 30 March 2024. The work of Nadhal tunnel was completed on 10 May last year.

By Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (Sir) Under the MUTP-3 project, the work on this tunnel was to be completed by mid-June. It has been completed a few days ago. Mumbai Railway Development Corporation Managing Director Subhash Chand Gupta has told an English newspaper that the work on the Waverly Tunnel is going on as per international standards.

Australian Tunnel System Tunnels

Work on the Waverley Tunnel began on 22 February 2023. And on 7 June the tunnel was excavated at a rate of 175 metres per month. The Australian tunnelling method was used for that. Explosives were used to blast the sickle. Two blasts were carried out every day. This work was done carefully as blasting was banned at night.

Ballastless track in tunnel

Ballastless railway tracks will be used in these three tunnels. Therefore, gravel will not be laid under the railway track in the traditional way, but the track will be laid directly on a full cement concrete layer like an elevated metro or bullet train. Sunil Udasi, Public Relations Officer of Mumbai Railway Development Corporation, said that the target is to complete the route from Panvel to Karjat by December 2025 next year.

It can be used in case of fault on the main route

An estimated cost of Rs 2,782 crore has been approved for the Panvel-Karjat New Suburban Corridor. Also, if this project is completed, it will be possible to come directly from Karjat to CSMT via Panvel. Therefore, if the main route of Central Railway from Karjat to CSMT breaks down for any reason, then passengers from Karjat will be able to reach Mumbai CSMT station via the port route from Panvel. This route will save 25 minutes for the passengers.

Five new stations will be added

Currently, this route is one-way and has limited capacity during pick-ups. So that will be doubled. Hence, this will help in running suburban local trains more efficiently on which goods trains are currently running. Passengers will also get an alternate route. The time taken to reach Mumbai CSMT from Karjat via Panvel route will be less than the time taken to reach Mumbai CSMT via Kalyan.

These five stations will be built on the Panvel to Karjat route

1) infatuation

2) Square

3) Borrowing

4) Mud

5) Panvel

An important milestone has been crossed

This route is going to be very difficult to reach CSMT from Kalyan via Panvel by local. The work of this line is being done by Mumbai Railway Development Corporation under MUTP-3. The most challenging and important phase of this railway, the Waverley Tunnel, has now been completed. The tunnel was to be completed by mid-June. However, the Mumbai Railway Development Board has completed this work before the scheduled time. The Waverley Tunnel was a very important phase on the Panvel-Karjat Railway (Mumbai Panvel Railway) route. The completion of the Waverley Tunnel will give further impetus to the work of this railway line. Therefore, soon the Chakarmanyas of small villages around Karjat will be able to reach Mumbai CSMT via Panvel by local train.

The minutes of the trip will read as follows

Every minute is important for Mumbaikars. The total 29.6 km long railway line from Panvel to Karjat will save a lot of travel time for Mumbaikars. Currently, it takes about 2 hours 19 minutes to travel from Karjat to CSMT by slow local. If this route is connected from Karjat to CSMT via Panvel, then this local journey will take 1 hour 50 minutes. This will save about 25 minutes in the travel of Mumbaikars.

benefit a large population

Two flyovers, eight major bridges, 36 minor bridges are being constructed on the Panvel-Karjat double rail line. This project is going to be a game changer for the region from Panvel to Karjat. Karjat is the main point connecting Mumbai and Pune. Karjat is connected to Mumbai by local trains on the Central Railway. However, only road transport option is available in the Panvel to Karjat region. Both Panvel and Karjat have witnessed a huge increase in population in the last few years. As a result, if the local train service from Panvel to Karjat starts, it will provide another transport option for the local citizens and employees of Mumbai. Also, it will become easier for people from small villages of Karjat and Panvel belt to reach Mumbai for jobs and other activities.

Panvel to Karjat extension at a glance

Approved expenditure- Rs 2,782 crore

Work Progress : 50%

Target Completion : December 2025

Waiting for two years for quadrupling from Virar to Dahanu

The Mumbai-Western Railway’s Virar to Dahanu four-wheeler line was only 23 percent complete till last year. The construction of a bridge over the Vaitarna river is currently underway on the Western Railway route. A total of 8 local trains are running on this route from Churchgate to Dahanu in a day. Since there are currently only two lines from Virar to Dahanu, the local trains here are very limited. Therefore, the number of local trains can be increased when the four-wheeling work is done. This will help in solving the problems of passengers coming to Mumbai for work.

100 percent land acquisition has been completed for Virar to Dahanu Chauguna. But due to the Corona period, the construction of the river bridge at this place started at a slow pace. So now the target is to complete this project by December 2026. Here Jikiri was involved in acquiring government, private and forest land as well as obtaining environmental clearance due to Tiwar forest.

31 project plans, two important bridges, 16 major bridges and 67 minor bridges have been approved for this project. The environmental and social impact assessment report has also come out. Apart from other environmental clearances, the project also got construction approval from Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), which removed an important hurdle. Therefore, the project is said to be completed in two years.

Construction work is underway at various stations

Construction work is going on at various stations including Virar, Vaitrana, Safale, Kelve Road, Dahanu Road, Umroli. These include station buildings, service buildings, staff quarters and platforms. The encroachment removal work has been successfully completed at various places including Vangaon-Boisar section on bridge number 137.

Eight new stations will be built in future

Virar to Dahanu is a 64 km route and currently has 9 stations. In future, 8 more new stations will be added here. After Borivali, Virar has seen a huge increase in the number of passengers in the last few years. Western Railway has increased local trains between Borivali and Virar, but they are falling short. Currently, MEMU, shuttle ferry and long distance trains run from Virar to Dahanu Road. If a four-lane is constructed at this place, then local trips here will also increase.

Currently, there are nine stations on the Virar-Dahanu route namely Virar, Vetrana, Safale, Kelve Road, Palghar, Umroli, Boisar, Vangaon and Dahanu Road. The distance between these stations is a minimum of eight kilometres and a maximum of 12 kilometres. With the eight new stations, the ratio will be one station every three to four kilometres.

Here are the new stations

1) Vadhiv, 2) Sartodi, 3) Makunsar, 4) Chintupada, 5) Kharale Road, 6) Panchali, 7) Vanjarwada, 8) BSES Colony

Land acquisition of total 30 villages

The Virar to Dahanu quadrilateral project is expected to cost Rs 3,555 crore. A total of 126 km of rail will have to be laid. Land has been acquired in 30 villages and 20 villages in Palghar, 6 in Vasai and 4 in Dahanu. Sources said a total of 180 hectares of land is required for the project and out of the total 42.67 hectares, 32.78 hectares of private land, 11.06 hectares of state government land and 3.78 hectares of forest land are to be acquired.

Virar to Dahanu quadruple

Approved Expenditure : Rs. 3578.00 Crore

Expenditure till December 2023: Rs 825.27 crore

100% land acquisition work has been completed

Progress: 23% by December 2023

Completion date: December 2026

Stalled projects of MUTP-III and their cost

Panvel-Karjat Double Line (Panvel to Karjat Double Line)- Rs. 2,783 crore

Quadrupling of Dahanu from Virar – Rs. 3,578 crore

Airoli to Kalwa Elevated Link (Airoli to Kalwa Link Road – Rs 476 crore

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