Railway Minister Piyush Goyal announces over 180 new escalators, railway corridors in Maharashtra

New suburban station which will be at Chikhloli between Ambernath and Badlapur, with a 28-km new railway corridor between Kalyan and Murbad which will cost ₹726-crore.


Piyush Goyal, Union Minister for Railways and Coal on Sunday announced a slew of projects, including 180 new escalators at stations across the suburban network and a new suburban station at Chikhloli between Ambernath and Badlapur, with a new railway corridor between Kalyan and Murbad.

The 28-km corridor will connect Murbad via Ulhasnagar and Vitthalwadi and will have four stations. The project will cost ₹726 crore and is expected to be completed by 2023. Mr. Goyal said the station at Chikhloli will reduce the distance between Ambernath and Badlapur stations, and give a boost to affordable housing in the region.

He inaugurated the new suburban terminus at Parel, from where 32 locals will originate and terminate from Monday and also laid the foundation for an 84-km corridor between Solapur and Osmanabad, which will be built at a cost of ₹905 crore.

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The Union Minister also announced a new rail line to Alibaug and said they are in talks with the Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilisers to construct stations on the Pen-Thal line, which is at present being used by freight trains.

In another key development, the Railway Land Development Authority and the Dharavi Development Authority signed a memorandum of understanding to lease around 45 acres of railway land for the Dharavi redevelopment project.
Mr. Goyal said that the Maharashtra government and the Railways have taken a very important decision for the development of Dharavi and the Railways and the residents of Dharavi will benefit from the project.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that the project would not have been possible without the railway land as rehabilitation of 50,000 people was a mammoth task, which would have taken years to accomplish.