Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurates railway lines connecting Thane and Diva

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi dedicated to the Nation two additional railway lines connecting Thane and Diva on 18.02.2022 via video conferencing. He also flagged off two suburban trains of the Mumbai Suburban Railway. Governor and Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Union Railway Minister were among those present on the occasion.

  • The Prime Minister started his address with paying tributes to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj whose Janam Jayanti falls tomorrow. 
  • The Prime Minister called Shiva ji Maharaj India’s pride, identity and protector of India’s culture.
  • Greeting Mumbaikar on the fifth and sixth rail line connecting Thane and Diva, the Prime Minister said that these lines will bring ease of life for the residents of the ever-mobile metropolitan. 
  • The Prime Minister underlined four direct benefits of the two lines.
  • Firstly, separate lines for local and express trains; secondly, trains coming from other states will not have to wait for passing of local trains; thirdly, mail/express trains can be run without much obstruction in Kalyan to Kurla section and, finally, Kalwa Mumbra commuter will not be troubled due to blockage every Sunday. 
  • He said that these lines and 36 new local trains on the central railway lines which are mostly AC are part of central government’s commitment to expanding and modernising the facility of local trains.

Recalling the contribution of the metropolitan city of Mumbai in the progress of independent India, the Prime Minister said that now the effort is to increase Mumbai’s capability manifold with regard to its contribution for Aatmnirbhar Bharat. “That is why our special focus is on creating 21st century infrastructure for Mumbai”, the Prime Minister said. Thousands of crore rupees are being invested in rail connectivity in Mumbai as Mumbai Suburban Rail system is being equipped with the latest technology. The Prime Minister also said that efforts are on for adding additional 400 Kms in the Mumbai Suburban and 19 stations are planned to be modernised with facilities like modern CBTC signal system.

The Prime Minister said that “Ahmadabad-Mumbai High Speed Rail is country’s need and it will strengthen Mumbai’s identity as city of dreams. Completing this project rapidly is our priority”, he said.

  • The Prime Minister listed measures that are giving new face to Indian Railways. 
  • He said that modern stations like Gandhinagar and Bhopal are fast becoming the identity of Indian railways and more than 6000 railway stations have been connected with wifi facilities. 
  • Vande Bharat Trains are giving new momentum and modern facilities to railway in the country. 
  • 400 new Vande Bharat will be launched in the coming years in the service of the nation, the Prime Minister said.
  • Thanking the Prime Minister for record allotment in Rail Budget for the transformation of Railways, Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw, Union Minister of Railways noted that Railways have allocated more than 11,000 crore to Maharashtra in the 22-23 budget. 

About the project:

  • Union Railways Minister further said the start of these railway lines connecting Thane and Diva will benefit around 1 lakh passengers on a daily basis, that is, it will be beneficial to 3.5 crore passengers annually.
  • Earlier, Shri Ashwini Vaishnaw and Shri Raosaheb Danve inspected Thane railway station passenger amenities and travelled in a slow local from Thane to Diva and interacted with the passengers.
  • Kalyan is the main junction of Central Railway. 
  • The traffic coming from North side and Southern side of the country merge at Kalyan and moves towards CSMT (Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus). 
  • Out of the four tracks between Kalyan and CSTM, two tracks were used for slow local trains and two tracks for fast local, Mail Express and Goods trains. To segregate suburban and long distance trains, two additional tracks were planned.
  • The two additional railway lines connecting Thane and Diva have been built at the approx cost of Rs 620 crores and features 1.4 km long rail flyover, 3 major bridges, 21 minor bridges. 
  • These lines will significantly remove the interference of long distance train’s traffic with suburban train’s traffic in Mumbai. 
  • These lines will also enable the introduction of 36 new suburban trains in the city.

Source: PIB-Press Release | Image Credit (representational): MoR