Mumbai’s Western Railway Explores Platform Extension Between Andheri and Churchgate

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Western Railway (WR) is contemplating a survey between Andheri and Churchgate railway stations to assess the feasibility of extending platforms, accommodating 15-coach trains that already operate between Andheri and Virar. 

This initiative aims to meet the rising demand for longer trains and alleviate congestion in the current 12-coach locals on this route.

Niraj Verma, DRM, WR, stated that the extension project seeks to optimize the utilization of 15-coach trains, offering enhanced passenger comfort and addressing the growing transportation needs in Mumbai. 

If approved by the Railway Board, the estimated cost of the project is approximately Rs 400 crore. The extension aims to reduce overcrowding, improve efficiency, and contribute to a sustainable urban transportation system.

Verma emphasized that the initiative aligns with WR’s ongoing efforts to enhance commuter experience and provide a more comfortable journey. 

The extension is expected to facilitate quicker boarding and alighting, leading to improved train schedules and overall operational efficiency.

The survey will involve detailed assessments of feasibility, impact, required infrastructure upgrades, and potential benefits. WR is committed to minimizing disruption to regular services during the survey and construction, ensuring careful planning and coordination. 

Approval from the Railway Board is awaited for this project, which is seen as a potential boon for Mumbai locals.