Railways' Rs 20,000-cr plans for Panvel include turning it into a terminal for fast services to CST and additional lines to Diva, Vasai
The Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) has set the ball rolling to turn Panvel into a rail hub for fast trains to CST and additional lines to Vasai and Diva on Western and Central lines. On February 14, the MRVC received applications from consultants for preparing a financial viability plan for two corridors: CST-Panvel and Vasai-Diva-Panvel.
On fast track: The developments come as the number of commuters to
Panvel is expected to go up from 10 lakh at present to 15 lakh per day
in the next three years. Of these, 3 lakh are likely to use the fast corridor.
The approximate cost of the two corridors is pegged at Rs 20,000 crore. "The private consultants will suggest the various ways these two corridors could be made viable. This will help us in gauging the necessary developments to be made at Panvel station, which would become a hub," said a senior MRVC official on condition of anonymity, adding that KPMG, Lea Associates, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte are the companies that have shown interest.
The developments come as the number of commuters to Panvel is expected to go up from 10 lakh at present to 15 lakh per day in the next three years. Of these, three lakh are likely to use the fast corridor.
Panvel is also marked for conversion into an outstation train terminal at a cost of Rs 27 crore, for which three to five new platforms to accommodate 24-coach trains will be built. The dedicated freight corridor connecting the country will bypass Panvel.
"We have plans to develop Panvel Terminus for a fast corridor that will connect to the proposed airport in Navi Mumbai. We will begin work on more ticket booking counters, toilets and amenities as Panvel will become a vital hub for suburbanites, long distance and goods trains," said a senior Central Railway official on condition of anonymity.
The Vasai-Diva-Panvel corridor will connect the three rail lines of Western, Central and Harbour.
Rs 20,000 cr
The approximate cost of CST-Panvel and Vasai-Diva-Panvel corridors. On February 14, the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation received applications from consultants for preparing a financial viability plan for the two corridors
Rs 27 cr
The cost marked for conversion of Panvel into outstation train terminal, for which new platforms to accommodate 24-coach trains will be built