Mumbai: The first phase of the 27-kilometer Nerul-Belapur-Uran corridor linking the Nerul and Belapur in Navi Mumbai with Kharpokar in Ulwe has been commissioned on Sunday.

The new suburban corridor on the Central Railway (CR) extends suburban trains to the adjoining Raigad district. Here are five key things to know about the first phase of the Nerul-Belapur-Uran corridor.

  • The new Mumbai line which stretches up to a total of 26.7-kilometer will allow the commuters coming from both Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus and Panvel to go up to Kharkopar.
  • A total of 40 train services (20 Up and 20 Down) are planned to run on the Nerul-Belapur-Seawoods-Kharkopar section, said an official.
  • At least four bridges, five road overbridges, 15 roads under bridges and one track underbridge will be developed between the Nerul-Kharkopar section.
  • Commuters must know that there are a total of six stations on the new section — Nerul, Seawoods Darave, Belapur, Targhar, Bamandongri, and Kharkopar.
  • The entire line 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.

The entire cost of the project is being shared by the Indian Railways and City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) in the ratio of 33:67 per cent. After commissioning of the new corridor, CM Fadnavis said the new Mumbai line would play a major role in the human settlement and drive mobility. He added that unlike early days when people settled near rivers where they could have access to water, people nowadays settled at places which are equipped with means of transportation and mobility.

He also added that the state government was investing Rs 1 lakh crore in various metro projects that will also be integrated with suburban networks.