Mumbai: The Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC) has decided to construct an elevated corridor between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) and Panvel.And it’s really a relief for the commuters who are travelling from the business hub of south Mumbai and may soon be able to reach the proposed Navi Mumbai airport faster by train than road. The journey to the new airport is expected to take an hour. Currently, it takes 90-120 minutes (depending on traffic) to cover the distance by road.
The Rs10, 870.2-crore project will ensure a hassle-free travel as the railways will directly connect Seawoods railway station on harbour line to the Navi Mumbai airport. The 49-km elevated corridor, built by the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC), will pass through Palm Beach Road in Vashi, cross the Uran creek and take a diversion from Seawoods railway station for the new airport.
According to the plan, commuters will be able to reach the Navi Mumbai airport, the deadline for which is 2019, from Seawoods railway station in 20 minutes. The journey from CSMT to Panvel will take 50 minutes.
The detailed project report, prepared by MRVC, aims to not only connect the Navi Mumbai airport to south Mumbai but the Mumbai airport. People can alight at Mankhurd railway station (part of the elevated corridor) and board a Metro from there to reach the Mumbai airport. Mankhurd is one of the proposed stations on the Metro-2A corridor.