Jun 9, 2016

Railways keeps LTT and Matunga as options for bullet train terminal

The railways will look for another site for the bullet train terminal at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) or Matunga, as the Maharashtra government said that it cannot part with land at the BandraKurla Complex (BKC) as it is reserved for the International Finance Service Centre (IFSC).

The railways had planned to build an underground terminus without upsetting the state government's plan for the IFCS building in G block. The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) had strong reservations that surrendering even the bare minimum of land of could lead to arevenue loss of crores.

Sources said during a meeting with railway board officials, CM Devendra Fadnavis had told them to look for another site in the city. He had also told the board to provide bullet train connectivity to other citi es of Maharashtra, like Pune or Nashik. He said, “We want this train to pass through underdeveloped areas so that development can take place in other parts of the state too.“

Both the bullet train and IFCS are flagship projects being monitored by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

But Fadnavis told TOI that a decision had not yet been taken on the issue. “ A presentation was made, and we had some doubts, so we told them to come back again,“ he said.

A railway board official said, “We are still hopeful of a solution but if the impasse persists we may have to shift the terminal to LTT, where there is ample land. The other option is to take the corridor up to Matunga, where the railways have a workshop. This land can be vacated to built the terminal.“

“The underground station will ensured that the IFCS building can also come up on the same plot. The three-level station terminus will have platforms 25 metres below ground level,“ he added.

Railway officials iterated that the BKC plot was ideal and that the BKC plot was ideal and their plan was a win-win situation for both, the MMRDA and bullet train project. The railways had said bare minimum space would be earmarked at the entry and exit for a vehicle pickand-drop facility . Ticketing offices and a refreshment area will be on level 1 of the underground terminus. The plan also took into account the proposed BKC Metro station for the Metro II corridor. The level 2 concourse area will be for the movement of people from the bullet train to the BKC Metro II station and vice-versa.
S0URCE - TOI

 

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