Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate the 5th and 6th railway lines in Thane-Diva on February 18 via video conference

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Prime Minister Narendra will dedicate to the national rail lines linking Thane and Diva on February 18 via video link and will also point out two commuter trains from the Mumbai Commuter Railway.

Constructed at a cost of around Rs 620 crores, the additional railway lines will significantly remove the interference of long-distance train traffic with commuter train traffic

These tracks will also allow the introduction of 36 new commuter trains

According to CR Development Spokesperson, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate two additional railway lines connecting Thane and Diva to the Nation on February 18, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. via video conference. He will also point out two commuter trains from the Mumbai Suburban Railway, followed by his speech on the occasion.

Kalyan is the main junction of Central Railway. Traffic from the north and south of the country merges at Kalyan and goes to CSMT (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus). Of the four tracks between Kalyan and CSTM, two tracks were used for slow local trains and two tracks for fast local, Express Courier and Goods trains. To separate suburban and long-distance trains, two additional tracks have been provided.

The two additional railway lines connecting Thane and Diva were constructed at the approximate cost of Rs 620 crores and feature a 1.4 km long railway flyover, 3 major bridges, 21 minor bridges. These lines will significantly remove the interference of long-distance train traffic with commuter train traffic in Mumbai. These lines will also allow the introduction of 36 new suburban trains in the city.

Benefits

Segregation of long-distance trains between Kurla and Kalyan. Long-distance trains from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (near Kurla) can go up to Kalyan on the 5th and 6th lines without interfering with commuter traffic. This will lead to better rail operations.

36 additional suburban services will be introduced between CSMT and Kalyan and beyond (34 AC and 2 non-AC).

Passengers in Kalva, Mumbra will greatly benefit from corridor mega blocks, as commuter trains will serve passengers in a corridor.

Historical significance:

The 5th and 6th lines between Kurla/Lokmanya Tilak Terminus and Kalyan pass through Thane, which was the first arrival station when the first train in India ran on April 16, 1853 from Boribunder (now CSMT) to Thane.

Challenges during the project:

A mixture of brownfield and greenfield projects also involved major changes to the existing network, major weekend traffic blockages, with minimal inconvenience to passengers.

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Posted: Thursday February 17th 2022, 7:54 PM IST

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