Five to six new platforms, realignment of tracks and separate lines for long-distance trains — these are some of the measures that the Central Railway will take to manage crowds and improve punctuality of trains at Kalyan railway station in the next two years.
The proposals are part of the Rs960-crore Kalyan station remodelling project. The project got a push after the Elphinstone Road railway station stampede in which 23 people were killed last year. The first phase of the project has begun. The survey is over and the railways is working on finalising the layout for the project.
The new platforms will exclusively cater to long-distance trains and decongest exiting platforms that are also used by local and express train passengers. Several offices and car sheds at the Kalyan yard have to be removed for the new platforms.
“Trains moving out of platform number 4,5 and 6 towards Titwala and Igatpuri block the movement of trains from platform number 2 and 3. The crisscross movement leads to delay on train schedule. Long-distance trains coming from Titwala will be diverted to new platform,” said a railway official. Read More