Coming Soon: CST-Thane Underground Railway Line
As per media reports, Mumbaikars may, in the future, have a fully underground high-speed rail network between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) and Thane. The Railways has proposed the plan, for which the feasibility study has already been conducted by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on behalf of the Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC). While the proposal is awaiting the state government's approval, the centre will also have to approve the project, before the plan is executed. The project will be part of Phase 4 of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP), implemented jointly by the Railways and the state government, to improve public transport in Mumbai and its surrounding areas.
Here are the complete details about the CST-Thane underground railway line
It will be a 34-km-long, underground corridor, which is estimated to cost Rs 16,000 crores. The cost is expected to be shared between the state and the central government. At present, commuters take at least 40 minutes by fast local trains, to cover the distance. The proposed route will reduce the time to only 21 minutes, with halts at Dadar, Kurla, Ghatkopar and Bhandup. Two other similar projects, which are under consideration, are CST-Panvel and Panvel-Vasai-Virar. The CST-Panvel route will be 55 kms long and will cost Rs 14,000 crores, while the Panvel-Vasai-Virar route will be 64 kms long, out of which 9 kms will be elevated and the rest underground.
The nine-coach trains on the route, will have the capacity to carry 2,700 passengers and will be operational from 5 am. The train will run at a speed of 90 kmph on the entire corridor, while the total halt time will be 30 minutes. Since most of the route will be underground, land acquisition costs will be saved. However, for entry and exit points, depots, traffic sub-stations, construction depots, staff quarters and other office complexes, around 25 hectares of land will be required, of which a majority is owned by the government. Another 16 hectares of land will be temporarily required for the construction, which is also owned by the government.