‘CSMT-Panvel high-speed corridor, Parel terminus set to get fast-track approvals’
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MUMBAI: The CSMT-Panvel high-speed elevated corridor, Parel terminus and laying down of fifth and sixth lines between Diva and Thane & Kurla and Parel stations gained traction on Monday with railway board chairman Ashwani Lohani promising to expedite approvals for the projects.
Lohani was in Mumbai to review the works, which fall under Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP), on Central and Western Railway, on Monday morning. “I was shown a detailed presentation of all the projects.
We discussed issues like target dates and why the projects have taken time for execution. I want no more delays and will therefore, examine the processes and expedite permissions,” he informed mediapersons. Lohani also assured to fast-track works on suburban stations.
He said vacant posts in the maintenance section will be filled up by March 2019. Lohani said that he was impressed by the cleanup exercises taken up by CR and WR to ensure drains are not clogged during rains. Talking about the Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train, Lohani stated that though only 0.9 hectares of land in Bandra-Kurla Complex has been acquired in Mumbai till now, the project will not be delayed.
“We hope to complete the bullet train project within the deadline. We are serious about trains that cut travel time ,” Lohani said.
The railway board chairman dodged a query on the proposal to turn CSMT into a museum. “We are in the process of restoring the CSMT building as it is a heritage structure; we will restore it to how it looked originally,” he added.
Besides Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation Ltd (MRVC) officials , Lohani was accompanied by CR general manager D K Sharma and WR general manager A K Gupta during the inspection of CSMT. At CSMT’s booking concourse, Lohani inaugurated the first self-ticketing zone and a mobile charging station with 12 charging charging and eight USB points at the Main line lobby.
Mobile charging stations will also be provided at Dadar and LT T soon. A child helpline 1098 and a 24-hours helpdesk was also inaugurated at CSMT. “Destitute and runaway children will be identified and sent back home or to shelter homes,” said CR chief spokesperson Sunil Udasi.
Lohani also inspected an overhauled Siemens suburban local train, which will have 100% LED lights and cushioned seats in women’s second class compartments, a source said. Among other things at CSMT that he looked at were a passenger facilitation center, signage boards and maps. A Source said that the chairman suggested a few “meeting point” signboards where commuters can wait for friends.