Mumbaikars will be able to travel from CSTM to Goregaon by early January
Work on the extension of the harbour line from Andheri to Goregaon is almost complete and the track will be commissioned before December 31, 2017
The much-awaited and delayed CSTM-Goregaon direct local might be operational by early January next year. Prabhat Sahai, Chairman and MD of Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) told TOI that the work on the extension of the harbour line from Andheri to Goregaon is almost complete and the track will be commissioned before December 31, 2017.
Sahai added that it will benefit more than one lakh commuters and trial run of the engine was successful between Andheri and Goregaon which was held in June 2017.
Ravinder Bhakar, CPRO, Western railway told Mumbai Mirror,
Currently, 37 local services of Western railway and 52 local services of Central railway terminate at Andheri on the Harbour line. After the extension of the track up to Goregaon, most of these services will also be extended up to Goregaon.”
Currently, there is only one service which runs during peak hours between CSTM to Borivali. Railway officials believe that the CSTM-Borivali service will help in decongesting the Churchgate-Borivali corridor.
Timeline of the project
- 2008 - Andheri-Goregaon extension project on Harbour line, part of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP) II was sanctioned
- 2009 - The utility shifting work related to this project was started
- 2011 - 2012- Track laying work was started