MRVC to strengthen the Vasai-Panvel Corridor for better transport and commuting

Vasai-Panvel Corridor was proposed to develop under Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP)-4 in September 2019. The current update suggests that the project cost of bolstering the existing corridor between Vasai and Panvel via Diva would cost ₹1087 Crores with 4 years completion time period. The move would entail a boost to the areas that adjoin the corridor, the same areas that are disconnected in the city’s existing suburban network.  

 

Currently, the corridor is largely used by long-distance passenger trains and a few mainline electric multiple unit services. In the plan prepared by MRVC, the automatic signalling on the section between Vasai and Diva is proposed along with a 4.5 km. long chord line between Nilaje and Kopar.

The new chord line is expected to cut the commute time between Vasai and Panvel by 15-20 minutes. This initiative will allow people to commute directly from the suburban area of Western line to Navi Mumbai and Panvel side cutting down the hassling journey of commuting by changing many local trains of Mumbai. 

The development of the corridor is also necessary as it is a mainstay for freight trains and is a crucial link between Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust and Delhi.

In addition to the chord line and signalling system, the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (DFC) will be developed, to allow the current freight trains to use this corridor and free up space on the existing corridor.

 

 

A senior official informed, “Once our project is complete and the DFC is operational, we would have a capacity to run 12 trains per hour as opposed to around 40 trains per day in one direction.” According to the plan, eleven additional stations are proposed to be developed with air-conditioned local trains to operate on the corridor. The corridor will also provide rail connectivity to industrial areas such as Bhiwandi and Taloja, for which the MRVC officials are communicating with the State government to work out a transit-oriented development plan for the new stations on the corridor.

Initially, the plan was to build a new suburban rail corridor between Virar and Panvel at an approximate cost of ₹6,500 crores under the Mumbai Urban Transport Project 3A (MUTP 3A). However, lack of funds suspended the project from MUTP 3A, also causing the Railway Ministry to not consider a revised proposal of building the corridor from Vasai.  

MRVC officials have prepared a plan and are making all possible efforts to ensure that the project is included in the Union Budget. In order to procure the same, the plan is already submitted by MRVC to the Central Railway and Maharashtra State Government. 

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