Documents accessed by mid-day show that when expansion work starts, trains currently originating from platform No. 2 will originate from Parel station
The tracks of platform No. 2 could go after widening
Is the Mumbai division of Central Railway killing Dadar slow locals altogether or the move is temporary as they claim? While the documents show services originating from platform No. 2 will be shifted briefly, one wonders if there will be space to re-lay new tracks once the platform is widened.
The work and tender documents on decongestion of Dadar station reveal that besides converting platform No. 4 into a double-discharge platform, the railways is also widening the island platform of 1 and 2 by four metres each.
Removal of tracks
This would result in removal of tracks for platform No. 2, from where Dadar-originating north-bound slow local trains operate. Further, all the local trains of this line would be shifted to Parel station for four months, the documents show.
However, once platform Nos. 1 and 2 are widened by four metres, will there be enough space to re-lay a new line for platform 2? The documents do not provide the answer to this crucial question.
What will happen in the absence of adequate space? Considering the demand, all the Dadar-originating north-bound slow locals would have to be permanently shifted to Parel.
As of Friday, 12 slow trains originate from platform No. 2 of Dadar station, mostly to Kalyan, a few to Dombivli and one AC train to Thane.
A senior official said there was no clarity on the matter immediately as the work was in the very early stages.
There are also plans for two new lines at Dadar station as part of the ongoing 5th and 6th line extension project between Kurla and Parel.
Commuters find the shift a bad move, saying the basic principle of decongestion was staggering and distributing crowds evenly. “Moving all trains to Parel or cancelling Dadar locals even temporarily will lead to a swelling of crowds at Dadar station. Maybe, they could shift Dadar slow locals to other available platforms,” Ranvijay Bhalerao, a commuter rights activist, said.
mid-day reported about the deadly island platform in March, following which the authorities announced the expansion plan.
Work has started on platform No. 4, where Kalyan-bound fast locals and express trains operate. The work involves shifting of overhead decks, wires, slewing of tracks, realigning both platforms and shifting of a few existing utilities like bridge landings and other amenities.
A double-discharge platform allows passengers to board or alight trains from either side. An island platform is built between two tracks.
No. of trains that currently originate from platform 2
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