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Dec 18 2016 (11:42)  Speed up work on Konkan line, Maval MP urges railway minister (timesofindia.indiatimes.com)
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PIMPRI CHINCHWAD: Maval MP Shrirang Barne has urged railway minister Suresh Prabhu to begin servery work for the railway line to Konkan passing through Chinchwad, Hinjewadi, Mulshi, Roha and up to Mangaon.
Barne, who recently met the minister, also requested Prabhu to speed up work on the third 64-km railway line between Lonavla and Pune, and provide amenities to railway stations like Lonavla, Kharghar, Panvel and Chinchwad.
Barne said difficulties are faced by people in Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad and surrounding areas in reaching the Konkan region. They have to board trains either at
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Mumbai or Panvel, battling heavy rush on such trains. To overcome the difficulties, Barne said, work on the third railway line to Konkan should be expedited, and urged the minister to make a provision in next year's railway budget.
In this year's budget, a provision of Rs850 crore was made for this line. "However, no work has started so far," Barne said. Also, rail commuter groups criticised the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation for not allocating Rs275 crore for the project as per the state government's request in September. The Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad civic bodies rejected the proposals at general body meetings.
Barne also brought up the non-functioning of the mini-train from Neral to Matheran for the past few days. "A large number of people go to Matheran on the mini-train. Tourism has been affected because it train has not been functional," he said.
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