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Mumbai: First stretch of Western Railway’s 6th line to come up between Borivali-Mumbai Central by 2023 – Times Now

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Mumbai: A sixth Line of the Western Railway is expected to come up between Borivali and Mumbai Central soon. The construction of the new line will be done in two phases. In the first phase, the first stretch of the Khar-Goregaon track is expected to be open by March 2023, Western Railway (WR) General Manager Ashok Kumar Misra said.

The entire corridor is expected to open by 2025. The operationalisation of the new line is expected to increase the number of local train services by nearly 20 per cent, the Western Railway said.

However, before the construction begins, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMDRA) will have to remove the encroachment on Railway land, Misra added.

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At present, there are five lines on which local train services that run from Borivali to Santacruz and from Mahim to Mumbai Central. There is a missing link between Mahim and Khar due to a lack of space and the Railways have redesigned the alignment for the Harbour Line in this part to create space for the fifth and sixth lines.

The suburban section of the Western Railway in Mumbai extends from Churchgate, the city’s business centre, to Virar and further to Dahanu Road covering a distance of 123 Km and 37 stations. The first electric train on this section was introduced on January 5, 1928, between Colaba and Andheri.

In other news, the WR has also converted 26 of its 12-car local train services into 15-car services from Monday, November 21 onwards. The addition of the extra cars was done to accommodate 25 per cent more passengers in the trains over the Mumbai suburban section.

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