Advanced railway terminus at Vasai?
The Central railway and Western railway are looking to develop an advanced terminus at Panvel and Vasai respectively
The Chief Secretary of State, Jayant Banthia had recently discussed about Panvel terminus with the officers of Central railway. A detailed discussion about new spacious terminus at Panvel took place taking into account overburdened Kurla and CST terminus having insufficient space for foundational developments. They also thought over making it a main station for long distance trains.
The Western railway too is preparing to develop a terminus outside Mumbai on the model of Central railway. They have requested Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) to look for the possibilities to construct a terminus at Vasai.
Mumbai Central and Bandra Terminus on Western railway route cannot be expanded anymore. So the Vasai terminus would be useful to lighten their burden. The routes connecting long distance trains to other parts of country are more feasible from there. Especially, to connect trains towards south and north from Western railway and to run long distance trains for south of India.
The terminus at Vasai would be helpful for a proposed Virar-Panvel corridor as well. For such terminus, hundreds of hector space and huge funds are needed. The terminus is necessary to handle increasing number of commuters but it takes around 8 – 10 years to set up such terminus. So it is essential to start the work now considering convenience in future, said a senior officer in Western railway.