On Jan 21 the above item was discussed in our group.
While many of us in Bombay are opposing flyovers and roads over the sea
to speed up traffic, one fundamental existing resource is being missed. Our long
distance trains on the C. Rly, W. Rly & the newly formed Konkan Rly. are
terminated in South Bombay at the Mumbai Central (W Rly.) and at CST (C. Rly.).
These trains carry hardly 10% passengers, most of them getting out at earlier
suburban stations. Thus these outstation trains occupy vital tracks which can be
put to use for commuters.
Where shall we then terminate upcountry trains
There is a tract of 4 sq. kms of land between the Matunga & Matunga
Road & Dadar Central & Western, belonging to the Indian
Railways, which is used today for a C Rly Workshop and for various offices
and Residential buildings & Recreation Club etc. These are not essential to
be located on this prime land. These can be locted elsewhere and the land
relesed can be used for locating both the terminii and will
provide additional space for adequate parking and other essential services.
While the major rehabilitation is planned local loop lines can be developed for
trains from C Rly to W Rly and viceversa. The two lines released between Dadar
and respective terminus can be used for these loop lines and trains from Western
suburbs can proceed directly to CST and viceversa
For the CST terminus, expansion can be developed at the former goods
sheds at Carnac Bunder & Wadi bunder which are idling.
One has to give a new thought to this proposal which has the potential of
increasing train frequency on both railways to 2 mins.
This will also reduce the hardship of passengers changing from one
terminus to the other. As it is 80% of the passengers alight in the suburbs or
It will also give space for additional trains in the peak morning evening
traffic and ease commuter density on trains and overall encourage more motorists
to use rail commutng
Kanu H. J. Kamdar
Prakruti & Save Bombay Commitee