Lokmanya Tilak Terminus

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Lokmanya Tilak Terminus
लोकमान्य टिळक टर्मिनस
Kurla Terminus
Indian Railway Station
New-Lokmanya-Tilak-Terminus.jpg
New terminal buiilding at LTT
Station statistics
Address Pipeline Road, Kurla, Mumbai, Maharashtra
 India
Coordinates 19°04′N 72°53′E / 19.07°N 72.89°E / 19.07; 72.89 (Lokmanya Tilak Terminus)Coordinates: 19°04′N 72°53′E / 19.07°N 72.89°E / 19.07; 72.89 (Lokmanya Tilak Terminus)
Elevation 7 m above sea level
Connections Taxi Stand, Prepaid Auto service
Structure type Standard on-ground station
Platforms 5[1]
Parking Available
Baggage check X-Ray detection machine installed
Other information
Electrified Yes
Station code LTT
Zone(s) Central Railway
Operator Indian Railways
Station status Functional
Location
Lokmanya Tilak Terminus is located in Mumbai
Lokmanya Tilak Terminis
Lokmanya Tilak Terminis

Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT), formerly known as Kurla Terminus, is a railhead in the Kurla suburb of Mumbai, India. LTT is managed by the Central Railway. The Kurla and Tilak Nagar suburban railway stations are located nearby. It is one of the railway terminals within Mumbai. The others being Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Dadar on the Central Line, and Mumbai Central and Bandra Terminus on the Western Line.

History[edit]

LTT was earlier known as Kurla Terminus, as it is situated in Kurla. In 1996, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) approved a proposal to rename the station after Lokmanya Tilak, a popular leader of the Indian Independence Movement, and forwarded it to the Union Government through the Government of Maharashtra.[2] Then Union Home Minister, Lal Krishna Advani approved the proposal in 1999, at the request of Ram Naik, the then Minister of State of Railway.[3] After the decision was announced, Gurudas Kamat, the Lok Sabha member from Mumbai North-East, met L. K. Advani and submitted a memorandum asking that the terminus be renamed after Babasaheb Ambedkar.[4]

In 2003, Central Railway (CR) decided to expand LTT to take on more rail traffic, as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) had reached its saturation point, and was unable to handle any more express trains.[5] In 2006, the Mumbai division of CR cleared the designs for construction of a swanky station complex to replace the dilapidated terminus complex.[6] The new station complex design was prepared by the architect P. K. Das. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) also agreed to construct a ramp from LTT to the flyover to be built nearby, as part of the Santa Cruz – Chembur link road (SCLR).[6] The revamped LTT was inaugurated on 16 April 2013 by Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal. The revamp of the terminus took 3 years. The new station complex was built on 50,000 sq metre land and has a 3,300 sq metre concourse. It has five turbo ventilators installed in each of the arched rows to pull out hot air. With mezzanine levels on either ends, there are food courts and retiring rooms for passengers. A huge mural in the building has been designed by students of JJ School of Arts.[7]

In October 2012, CR announced plans to cease long distance train services at Dadar within 5–6 years. The load would be transferred to LTT by upgrading the number of platforms at LTT from 5 to 12. CR plans to introduce connectivity with other modes of transport as well as build a mall, multi-storey parking, escalators, restaurants, food courts, better signage and indicators, budget hotels and an aesthetically pleasing exterior and interior. The project will be implemented on public-private partnership (PPP) mode and is expected to cost INR50–60 billion. The project will be executed by the Railway Land Development Authority on the 20 acres of land that CR possess around LTT.[8]

Accessibility[edit]

LTT is located in middle of two suburban railway stations, Tilak Nagar and Kurla, on the Harbour Line. It is easily accessible through Tilak Nagar railway station as a direct overhead bridge is made to LTT from Tilak Nagar. A share rickshaw service is available from Kurla railway station to LTT via level crossing. Average opening of the level crossing gate is 20 minutes.

Dormitories[edit]

Air-conditioned dormitories were inaugurated at LTT on 16 April 2013 by then Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal. The dorm at LTT is a 24 bed AC dorm exclusively for women. A passenger with a valid ticket can book a bed for INR150 for 12 hours and INR250 for 24 hours,[9] and A/C rooms for INR900 for 12 hours.

Rainwater harvesting[edit]

Central Railway (CR) completed installation of a rainwater harvesting system at LTT in October 2012. The system cost INR1 million (US$16,000) and will conserve 700,000 litres of water, which is approximately 40% of the station's daily water requirement. The rainwater harvesting project will help in percolation of water into the subsoil, which will reduce flooding in the vicinity during monsoon. The project involved constructing a 2 km trench and filling it with crushed stones.[10]

Long-distance trains departing from LTT[edit]

Trains that start from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus to North India/North East India
(Via Aurangabad/ Nasik Road/Manmad Junction/Bhopal Junction)

Trains that start from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus to South India
(Via Pune/Kolahapur/Hyderabad/Chennai/Bangalore)

Trains that start from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus to South India
(Via Pune/Wadi/Guntakal/Renigunta/Arakonam/Chennai Egmore)

  • LTT-Karaikal Express Train No:11017/11018

Trains that start from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus to Mangalore/Ernakulam/Kollam/Trivandrum
(Via Konkan Railway)

Important Trains that start from Lokmanya Tilak Terminus

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Busy Kurla terminus to get bigger, Mumbai Mirror, 18 July 2011, retrieved 2 August 2011 
  2. ^ "Lokmanya Tilak Terminus". Daily Excelsior. Retrieved 2007-11-18. 
  3. ^ "Advani clears Kurla terminus renaming". The Indian Express. 10 January 1999. Retrieved 2007-11-18. 
  4. ^ "Kamat demands renaming of Kurla station after Dr Ambedkar". The Indian Express. 13 January 1999. Retrieved 2007-11-18. 
  5. ^ "Kurla terminus will be expanded soon". The Times of India. 19 April 2003. Retrieved 2007-11-18. 
  6. ^ a b Dasgupta, Devraj (26 November 2006). "Makeover for Kurla terminus". The Times of India. Retrieved 2007-11-18. 
  7. ^ Mumbai rail commuters get relief with new route and posh terminus. GulfNews.com (2013-04-16). Retrieved on 2013-07-16.
  8. ^ Lokmanya Tilak Terminus to replace Dadar as outstation hub - Times Of India. Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com (2012-10-17). Retrieved on 2013-07-16.
  9. ^ Dormitories for women at CST, LTT get good response. Indian Express (2013-04-19). Retrieved on 2013-12-06.
  10. ^ Central Railway rain plan to wash flooding away at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus - Times Of India. Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com (2012-10-22). Retrieved on 2013-07-16.

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