THANE: Finally, the much-talked about proposed new Thane cstation and terminus at Kopri has gained momentum with the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) picking up expert technical consultant that would kick off further feasibility study on the project. The new proposed station, essentially an extension to the old station will come up between Mulund and Thane station.
TMC has zeroed in on a reputed consultant to carry forward the planning work at the proposed new station area in the campus of Thane regional mental hospital.
TMC has appropriated Rs 1.66 crore, to be directed to the consultant, as professional charges to submit a detailed report on the viability of the project, which will decongest the old Thane station. In the meantime, Central Railway has agreed to come up with a new station onexceptional case to reduce load on visibly saturated old station. With the short listing of the technical expert an agreement is yet to be inked between TMC and the consultant soon.
"The consultant will work on the planning stage of the project. The place where the terminus will come up belongs to the mental hospital which has 72 acres of land out of which 11 acres have been encroached upon. We asked the state government to allot us 10 acres of that land where we can plan the project," said a civic official.
A source revealed that the proposal was still confined to the four walls of the civic headquarters. "If this happens it's not far off to have another station in the periphery for the rapidly growing Thane city. We will find solace once it takes a shape," said a commuter.
The proposed new station will be just over a km away from the old one. According to TMC sources, on completion, all local trains would be operated from new station, connecting the proposed metro, whereas outstation trains would halt and depart from the existing facility on the lines of Kurla Terminus and Bandra as well.