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 - Mumbai Terror Attack: Nation Remembers The Heroes Of 26/11, CM Uddhav Pays Tributes To Martyrs
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 - Fire Breaks Out at Sun Mill Compound in Mumbai, no Casualties
“This will connect newly rising suburbs of Ulwe, near which the Navi Mumbai airport is under construction,” the official said. Also Read - Cyclone Nivar: Railways Cancels Over Dozen Trains to Southern States, Passengers to be Refunded
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.