Rly sta­tion work to be­gin be­fore Di­wali

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Megha Pol megha.pol@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The 10-year-old proposal to con­struct a new el­e­vated rail­way sta­tion between Thane and Mu­lund may see light of the day.

A meet­ing was held between Thane civic com­mis­sioner San­jeev Jaiswal, mayor San­jay More and mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Ra­jan Vichare with rail­way min­is­ter Suresh Prabhu this week. The min­is­ter as­sured them that the foun­da­tion stone for the sta­tion will be laid be­fore Di­wali this year, said Vichare

The de­mand for a new rail­way sta­tion on the Thane Men­tal Hos­pi­tal plot is al­most a decade old. Last year, Prabhu sur­veyed the land and had asked the rail­way of­fi­cials to sub­mit a fea­si­bil­ity re­port for the sta­tion.

San­deep Malvi, pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer of TMC, said, “We pre­sented the rail­way sta­tion plan to Prabhu. A nodal of­fi­cer from the Cen­tral Rail­way is ap­pointed from Delhi who will work with our of­fi­cers to pre­pare a de­tailed tech­ni­cal plan and de­sign of the sta­tion. The min­is­ter has asked to sub­mit this plan at the ear­li­est so the work can be started at the ear­li­est.”

The rail­way sta­tion will be de­vel­oped on an 18-acre plot, which be­longed to the health depart­ment.

Health min­is­ter Deepak Sawant had agreed to hand over the plot to the TMC.

The men­tal hos­pi­tal has a plot of 40 acres. The mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion had sug­gested to the health depart­ment to shift the hos­pi­tal to a new premises and al­lot 18 acres for the new sta­tion. The plan to make the new sta­tion an el­e­vated one was also sug­gested last year.

A se­nior rail­way of­fi­cer, re­quest­ing anonymity, said, “On an av­er­age, there are 10 deaths on the cen­tral line. So, we had pro­posed that the el­e­vated sta­tion be built in Thane. The rail­way min­is­ter has asked us to make a de­tailed project fea­si­bil­ity re­port for the sta­tion which we will sub­mit soon.”

Vichare said the work on the sta­tion will soon be­gin. “The project fea­si­bil­ity re­port is ready which says that the project is tech­ni­cally vi­able. The rail­way min­is­ter has said the work will start be­fore Di­wali.”

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