Harbour Line (Mumbai Suburban Railway)

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Harbour Line
Overview
System Mumbai Suburban Railway
Locale Mumbai, Maharashtra
Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
Thane, Maharashtra
Termini CST, Andheri, Panvel
Thane, Nerul, Vashi
Stations 38
Services
Daily ridership 1 million[1]
Operation
Opening 12 December 1910
Owner Indian Railway
Operator(s) Central Railway (CR)
Character At grade and elevated
Technical
Track gauge 1,676 mm (5 ft 6 in) Broad gauge
Operating speed 50 km/h (31 mph)

The Harbour Line is a branch of the Mumbai Suburban Railway. It is operated by Central Railways. It covers most of Navi Mumbai and the eastern areas of Mumbai. It's termini are Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), Andheri and Panvel on the CST-Andheri, CST-Panvel and Panvel-Andheri routes. It also has termini at Nerul and Vashi All harbour line services operate as slow services. The line is a double line and therefore does not have any fast trains on it. A few sections on the line are known for slums, stench and filth along the tracks. The newly designed train stations in Navi Mumbai are a contrast with the old, congested and overcrowded stations within the Mumbai city limits

The line then splits from the main line at Sandhurst Road where the line becomes elevated up till Sewri. At Wadala Road, the line branches into two parts. The first line joins with the Western Line at Mahim and terminates at Andheri. The second line follows through Mankhurd into the city of Navi Mumbai, where it again branches out into two lines, one going to Thane and the other to Panvel. The first stop outside Mumbai is the township of Vashi. The harbour line shares a common station at Kurla with the Central Line, where it turns east towards Navi Mumbai. The Harbour line further bifurcates at Vashi into two lines – one rejoins the main lines at Thane, while the other continues to Panvel. A large section of the harbour line is elevated.

In 2004, the Trans-Harbour Line was opened to the public connecting Vashi to Thane without entering Mumbai. This proved to be a boon for most commuters headed in either direction as travelling via Kurla was time consuming and required changing a train midway.

About 580 services run daily on the Harbour Line.[2] Approximately 208 of those are on the Thane-Vashi-Nerul-Panvel route and 172 of those run on the CST-Andheri route.[3]

Stations[edit]

(All Harbour Line services are slow.)

Harbour Line (CST – Wadala Road – Andheri/Panvel)
# Station Name Station Code Connections
English Marathi Hindi
1 Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus छत्रपती शिवाजी टर्मिनस छत्रपती शिवाजी टर्मिनस ST Central Line
2 Masjid मशिद मस्जिद Central Line
3 Sandhurst Road सैंडहर्स्ट  रोड सैंडहर्स्ट  रोड Central Line
4 Dockyard Road डॉकयार्ड रोड डॉकयार्ड रोड None
5 Reay Road रे रोड रे रोड None
6 Cotton Green कॉटन ग्रीन कॉटन ग्रीन None
7 Sewri शिवडी शिवडी None
8 Wadala Road वडाळा रोड वडाला रोड VD To Andheri or Panvel (Harbour Line)

At Wadala Road, the Harbour Line splits into two corridors; one going to Panvel and the other to Andheri.

Towards Panvel[edit]

Harbour Line (Wadala Road – Panvel)
# Station Name Station Code Connections
English Marathi Hindi
8 Wadala Road वडाळा रोड वडाला रोड़ VD To Andheri (Harbour Line)
9 Guru Tegh Bahadur Nagar गुरु तेग बहादुर नगर गुरु तेग बहादुर नगर None
10 Chunabhatti चुनाभट्टी चुनाभट्टी None
11 Kurla कुर्ला कुर्ला CH Central Line
12 Tilak Nagar टिळकनगर तिलकनगर TKNG None
13 Chembur चेंबूर चेंबूर CM None
14 Govandi गोवंडी गोवंडी None
15 Mankhurd मानखुर्द मानखुर्द M None
16 Vashi वाशी वाशी VA Trans-Harbour Line
17 Sanpada सानपाडा सानपाड़ा Trans-Harbour Line
18 Juinagar जुईनगर जुईनगर Trans-Harbour Line
19 Nerul नेरूळ नेरूल NU Trans-Harbour Line
20 Seawoods-Darave सीवूड्स-दारावे सीवूड्स-दारावे None
21 CBD Belapur सी.बी.डी. बेलापूर सी.बी.डी. बेलापूर BR None
22 Kharghar खारघर खारघर None
23 Mansarovar मानसरोवर मानसरोवर None
24 Khandeshwar खांदेश्वर खांदेश्वर None
25 Panvel पनवेल पनवेल PL None

Towards Andheri[edit]

Harbour Line (Wadala Road – Andheri)
# Station Name Station Code Connections
English Marathi Hindi
8 Wadala Road वडाळा रोड वडाला रोड VD To Panvel (Harbour Line)
9 King's Circle किंग्ज सर्कल किंग्ज सर्कल None
10 Mahim माहिम माहिम Western Line
11 Bandra वांद्रे बान्दरा B Western Line
12 Khar Road खार रोड खार रोड Western Line
13 Santacruz सांताक्रुझ सांताक्रुझ Western Line
14 Vile Parle विले पार्ले वि₳ले पार्ले Western Line
15 Andheri अंधेरी अंधेरी AD Western Line

Future Development[edit]

In the 2012 Rail Budget, Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi announced projects that include fast train corridors between CST-Panvel and Virar-Vasai-Diva-Panvel sections, operation of 12-car trains on the Harbour Line to bring down congestion, and a direct rail link from the Panvel station to the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport. A feasibility study on building a new link between this airport and Thane will also be conducted.[4]

Work is currently underway to extend the Harbour Line up to Goregaon. The project will cost INR1.03 billion (US$17 million).[5] It is expected to be completed by June 2016. Further extension of this line has been accepted under MUTP III till Borivali.

Harbour Line services will be converted to 12-car by March 2016. This is expected to increase the carrying capacity of the harbour line by nearly 33%.[6] The core project will cost INR7.50 billion and about 153 more coaches will be required.[7]

Kurla – Shivajinagar service[edit]

CR has sought permission from the Railway Board to run EMUs on the Harbour Line between Kurla and Shivajinagar in Pune. The service would provide direct connectivity between Navi Mumbai and Pune, which is currently not available.[8] According to a railway rule, trains travelling beyond 160 km should have toilets. The distance between Kurla and Shivajinagar is 180 km. However, CR has petitioned the Railway Board to make an exception. EMUs will be modified to include 6 motor cars.

To implement the service CR will have to provide a crossover, the point at which trains interchange tracks, at Panvel station to allow movement of trains from the suburban line to the main line to establish connectivity to Shivajinagar. CR plans to use 16 coach mail/express trains to cover the 170 km distance in approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes. Stations on the line will be Kurla, Vashi, Belapur, Panvel, Karjat, Lonavla and Shivajinagar.[9]

A feasibility study conducted by CR has found the project feasible. CR plan to run 16-coach services with conventional coaches used in mail/express trains. The train will originate and terminate at platforms 9 and 10 at Kurla station.[10] The service will halt at Chembur, Vashi, Belapur, Panvel, Karjat and Lonavala, Dehu Road and Chinchwad.[11]

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