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New Mumbai rail line to open on Sunday

IANS  |  Mumbai 

In a big relief to rail commuters in Mumbai, the Railways will throw open phase I of the 12.4-km Nerul-Belapur-Seawoods-Kharkopar suburban railway line on Sunday.

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

The new line between Nerul-Belapur-Kharkopar will augment the Harbour that will allow expansion of suburban local trains till Raigad district.

The said that the new Nerul-Belapur-Seawoods-Kharkopar line would be inaugurated by and Chief Minister on Sunday.

The new line will allow commuters coming from both and to go up to Kharkopar, he added.

The entire 26.7-km Nerul-Belapur-Seawoods-suburban line, once completed, will benefit the people of by providing direct access between town, and the newly developed area of Mumbai Metropolitan region as well as Greater Mumbai.

"This will connect newly rising suburbs of Ulwe, near which the airport is under construction," the said.

A total of four bridges, five road overbridges, 15 road underbridges and one track underbridge will be developed between the Nerul-Kharkopar section.

The official said a total of 40 (20 Up and 20 Down) are planned to run on the Nerul-Belapur-Seawoods-Kharkopar section. There are six stations on the new section -- Nerul, Seawoods Darave, Belapur, Targhar, Bamandongri and Kharkopar.

On the Nerul-Uran stretch, there is a small branch line from Targhar to Belapur.

The official said the Indian Railways and the City and of (CIDCO) will share the cost of the project in the ratio of 33:67.

The complete 26.7-km project, which was planned in 1997, is estimated to cost around Rs 1,782 crore. It gained momentum after started reviewing it under the Pragati project.



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First Published: Sat, November 10 2018. 19:54 IST