Mumbai: The Railways will open the phase I of the 12.4-km Nerul-Belapur-Seawoods-Kharkopar suburban railway line on Sunday, that is, November 11. The Nerul-Belapur-Seawoods-Kharkopar line would be inaugurated by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.Also Read - Thermal Screening, RT-PCR Test Counters: How Mumbai Airport Gears Up After 1st Omicron Case Detected in Maharashtra

As per an official, the new line which stretches up to a total of 26.7-km will allow commuters coming from both Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Panvel to go up to Kharkopar. The entire line which is likely to be completed by 2020, will provide the residents of Navi Mumbai direct access between Uran town, Jawaharlal Nehru Port and the newly developed area of Mumbai Metropolitan region as well as Greater Mumbai. Also Read - 'Very Unfortunate': Maharashtra's First Omicron Patient is a Marine Engineer. Here's Why He Could Not be Vaccinated

“This will connect newly rising suburbs of Ulwe, near which the Navi Mumbai airport is under construction,” the official said. Also Read - Maharashtra Man Who Travelled to Mumbai From South Africa Tests Positive For Omicron; 4th Case in India

The work on the remaining 14.3-km stretch from Kharkopar to Uran is under progress and is likely to be completed by 2020, an official said.

The new line between Nerul-Belapur-Kharkopar will augment the Harbour rail network that will allow expansion of suburban local trains till Raigad district. According to the officials, a total of 40 train services (20 Up and 20 Down) are planned to run on the Nerul-Belapur-Seawoods-Kharkopar section.

A total of four bridges, five road overbridges, 15 roads under bridges and one track underbridge will be developed between the Nerul-Kharkopar section. There are six stations on the new section — Nerul, Seawoods Darave, Belapur, Targhar, Bamandongri, and Kharkopar.