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To make southern Navi Mumbai commercial, New railway corridor set

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14 years since Mumbai’s trans-harbor railway line. Was a connectivity increase with Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Chief Minister will inaugurate of the first phase of the Seawoods Darave-Uran line soon.

“After the success of the Mankhurd-Belapur harbor line. The railways and CIDCO both wanted to explore the possibility of another line till Uran to bring in urbanization. Between CIDCO and the CR. While the design plans were ready in 1997. The project was stalled after environmentalists raised concerns with the line infringing on the coastal zone in the area,” Jain recalls.

“As many as 20 pairs of shuttle services have been planned between Seawoods and Kharkopar. Initially, we have kept the frequency of the services at every 30 minutes, as we require to gauge the popularity. While Seawoods and Bamandongri are at least 5 km apart, Kharkopar and Bamandongri are at a distance of 1.5 km.

According to the fare system, the entire journey would not cost more than Rs 10 (per person),” a senior CR official said.

“We operate 26 buses till Ulwe node from different stations of Navi Mumbai that have 304 services a day. As many as 50 passengers travel during peak hours on one trip, which means as many as 15,000 commuters use the service on a daily basis. We are contemplating reducing the frequency of the bus services on the route and deploying buses on another route, as commuters may switch to using the railways.” A senior Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport (NMMT) official told media.

Prajakta Lavangare Varma, The joint managing director, CIDCO, stated that “Usually, transport corridors are planned after an area has been developed. But we are planning it much in advance. We are opening the area of Ulwe, exactly opposite to NMIA, for development of many non-aeronautical commercial activities.

The railway line will be one of the many transport corridors being planned.

Along with coastal road, metro line and National Highway to connect Navi Mumbai to south Mumbai.”

“I take a rickshaw from Nerul station to my house and it takes around 20 minutes. Due to multiple construction projects, we often face a lot of traffic and the road is accident prone. I am looking forward to using the local train. As it would be cheaper and safer to travel in the night.” said Financial analyst Taranjeet Kaur.

Realty dealer Satish Ghangwali of Aristo Real Estate, a consultant firm in Ulwe said
“Even Navi Mumbai residents used to fear to settle down in Ulwe due to connectivity issues. But for the past one year. We have seen an increase in the number of queries and buyers of houses in the node. The property rates have also increased by a good 40 percent. In the next five years. We will see more buildings after the airport projects-affected locals hand over their land for construction to builders,”