MUMBAI Work on the final 14.6 km of the Mumbai suburban railway network’s fourth suburban railway corridor between Belapur and Uran has commenced, with passenger service expected to begin in September 2022.
The railway corridor will ease a direct commute between Mumbai and Uran once it is built, and will connect to the future Navi Mumbai International Airport and the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT).
The Central Railway, which is in charge of laying railway lines and building new stations, expects to finish the majority of the work before the monsoon this year.
In November 2018, the first section of the 12.4-kilometer railway line between Belapur and Kharkopar was opened to passengers. The project has been given a budget allocation of Rs 150 crore in the Union Budget for the years 2022-2023.
Three key bridges connecting Belapur and Uran have been constructed. Three of the four roads over bridges have also been built by them. Three of the nine essential railway stations between Kharkopar and Uran have been constructed, with the rest development underway. The railway stations of Gavhan, Ranjanpada, Nhava Sheva, Dronagiri, and Uran are now under construction.
“The project is in the final stages of development and will be completed soon.” The target is September 2022, and the construction work is well underway,” stated Central Railway general manager Anil Kumar Lahoti.
The City and Industrial Development Corporation provided the Central Railway with 4.067 hectares of forest land required for the development of the suburban railway route in August 2021. (CIDCO). The development of the suburban railway’s corridor necessitated the acquisition of 188 hectares of land.
The Belapur-Uran suburban railway line was approved in 1967. The project is anticipated to cost Rs 1,782 crore and is being carried out on a cost-sharing basis, with CIDCO bearing 66% and Central Railways 33% of the cost.