Pune-Borivli train to become reality soon

Published: 14 December, 2012 07:54 IST | Sukirt D. Gumaste |

A train from the city to Borivli station in Mumbai could soon be a reality and the official announcement is expected after the rail budget is tabled.

Though the number of services is yet to be decided, the route will be via Kurla. Since Borivli station falls on the Western line, commuters travelling to Mumbai alight at Dadar and then take a connecting train to Borivli.

“Both Central and Western line cross at Kurla station. So it will be convenient to make arrangement for Pune-Borivli train. Apart from having minor infrastructure, planning and rescheduling of current trains to adjust the upcoming Pune-Borivli trains is all we need to do.

The plan is almost ready and approved by railway authority. It is likely to be introduced soon. The number of trains, their timings and other details are not yet decided,” a railway official said.

President of the Pune Pravasi Group Harsha Shaha said for a long time they have been demanding a direct train to Borivli. “Considering the huge rush on the Western line, it is almost impossible to travel around with luggage.

So instead of changing trains at Dadar, people prefer to travel by bus. It takes about six to seven hours due to heavy traffic jams on the Western Express Highway,” Shaha said She said the train would also prove beneficial for commuters wanting to catch flights from the Mumbai airport.

“It will be convenient for such commuters if railway authorities provides a halt at Santacruz or Vile Parle, which are close to the airport,” Shaha said. 


Did you know?
The Pune Railway Division (PRD) recently introduced an additional bogie for a Pune-Lonavla local on the experimental basis. This new bogie can have up to 100 passengers. The local has a total of four and the additional bogie is attached to one of the rakes.  “Keeping in mind the growing  number of commuters, we provided an extra bogie. We gradually want to increase the number of bogies to 15 for each rake. A total of 44 trips are carried out. Around 30,000 to 40,000 people travel on this route daily,” PRD Spokesperson Y K Singh said.

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