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May 17 2012 (02:34)  Central Railway mulls shifting of long-distance trains to Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (
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MUMBAI: Central Railway may shift operations of long-distance trains from Dadar to Lokmanya Tilak Terminus within a year, if there is no resistance from commuters.
Apart from decongesting Dadar, the shift will allow CR to run trains with more coaches. CR general manager Subodh Jain told TOI, "The platform at Dadar can only accommodate 16-coach trains. We are keen to shift once the Santa Cruz-Chembur link road is commissioned, thus improving road connectivity to LTT, from where 22 pairs of train operate every day."
Seven pairs of trains operate from Dadar, of which
five are on a daily basis. A CR official said, "Long-distance passengers, who can use suburban services, will not alight at Dadar once all trains are shifted. This will marginally decongest the station."
The new building, at a cost of Rs 22 crore, will be completed within year. Its circulating area is spread across 25,000 sq metres and it has a concourse area of 3,300 sq metres, the biggest in Mumbai.
Jain, who inspected the new LTT building, platforms and yard for almost two hours on Wednesday, said, "The passenger reservation system has started in the new building. We plan to shift unreserved booking windows from the old station building to the new building within 10 days."
There are also plans to operate premier trains from platform 5, which is adjacent to the new station building. Jain said, "Retiring rooms and the 32-bed air-conditioned dormitory will also be operational within a month."
Work on the new building will be completed within a year, Jain said, and added, "We also have plans for an underground subway, which is more convenient for commuters. However, before this begins, we will build a foot overbridge within eight months, connecting all platforms."
LTT's New Building
Circulating area 25,000 sq mtrs
Concourse area 3,300 sq mtrs
Total cost Rs 22 crore
Trains from LTT 22
Average daily ticket sales at LTT 14,000, including 9,000 platform tickets
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