5th and 6th lines commissioned express and local train to have different paths

5th and 6th lines commissioned express and local train to have different paths

After a 72 hour mega block, the segregation of the 5th and 6th lines between Thane and Diva on Central Railway's Mumbai network has been completed, allowing for the segregation of suburban and local-distance trains, reported news agency PTI on Tuesday.

With this, the path of the local and express train was completely separated between Kurla and Kalyan, two major junctions on the network, over a decade after the 5th and 6th lines were commissioned between Kurla and Thane.

An official said.

"After completing the new railway lines, fast suburban trains will go parallel to existing slow lines via Kalva and Mumbra stations, instead of Parsik tunnel between Thane and Diva. An official said that the tunnel route would be used only for outstation trains,"

This step is expected to bring relief to passengers through more services and punctual operations.

"Thane-Diva 5th and 6th line work has been completed successfully. The separation of the corridor will help improve punctuality of trains and allow us to have additional paths for more suburban trains," said Shivaji Sutar, the CR chief public relations officer.

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Sutar added.

"The work of connection and cut of lines on this section was carried out by operating various mega blocks. The major blocks with a span of 18, 24, 36, 14 were operated successfully, and a 72 hours mega block was operated now,"

Timeline of project

The work on the 5th and 6th lines between Thane and Diva was sanctioned in 2008-09 under the Mumbai Urban Transport Project Phase 2, with equal cost-sharing by the Railway Ministry and the Maharashtra government.

The project, which was to be completed initially in December 2015, saw the building of a 1.4-kilometer-long rail flyover, three primary and 21 minor bridges, and a 170-meter tunnel.

Amid the delays, the project cost increased from ₹130 crore to ₹440 crores, with railway officials acquiring 12,962 square meters of land and rehabilitating 469 project-affected people (PAP).

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