MbPT chairman Sanjay Bhatia said, “We have given in-principle approval on the condition that a railway station be built here for commuters who will visit the area after it is redeveloped with promenades, landscaping and entertainment and leisure activities.” The master plan for the port land redevelopment project is still on the drawing board.
“We do not mind adding more stations if its serves MbPT’s purpose,” said Prabhat Sahai, managing director, Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC). The agency has planned 11 stations on the 47-km railway corridor. The Rs 15,000-crore project is crucial to reduce the burden on the saturated Harbour line corridor, which only has slow lines.
MRVC has also changed the alignment for the CST-Panvel fast corridor. “We now plan to build the corridor along Mansion Road instead of P D’Mello Road till Reay Road,” said an MRVC official. The agency feels that it will be easier to execute the project via Mansion Road as it sees less traffic compared to PD’Mello Road and even the relief and rehabilitation work will be easier on Mansion Road.