Railway minister Dinesh Trivedi announced 75 new services for Mumbai's creeking suburban railway system. Each day, millions commute on crowded local trains in the maximum city.
Additional suburban services proposed for Mumbai include Churchgate-Virar, Virar-Dahanu Road on the Western Railway, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus-Kalyan-Kasara and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST)–Kalyan-Karjat sections on the central railway and Harbour line from CST to Panvel.
In order to address the transport needs of the Navi Mumbai area, work will be taken up to facilitate running of 12-car rakes on Harbour line. The harbour line route connects the island city to Navi Mumbai.
Trivedi said that a new double line work of Belapur-Seawood-Uran on the harbour line was in progress, which will provide direct passenger connectivity to Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust or JNPT. The Navi Mumbai region has witnessed a significant surge in real estate development and connectivity to the region with the island city is expected to improve lives of ordinary Mumbaikars.
Besides Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai will also see an increase in suburban train frequency.
New suburban services for Kolkata include Sealdah-Ranaghat, Ranaghat-Naihati, Ranaghat-Shantipur, Ranaghat-Krishnanagar, Ranaghat-Gede, Ranaghat-Bangaon, Bangaon-Barasat, Barasat-Hasnabad, Bandel-Barddhaman, Bandel-Howrah, Bandel-Naihati, Seoraphuli-Tarkeswar, Santragachi-Bagnan, Santrgachi-Amta, Santragachi-Mecheda, Santragachi-Panskura, Howrah-Haldia, Howrah-Kharagpur and Mecheda-Degha.
It is also proposed to introduce 50 new services in Kolkata Metro in the coming year.
In Chennai area, 18 additional services would be introduced on Chennai Beach-Tambaram, Chennai Beach-Chengalpattu, Chennai Beach-Avadi, Chennai Beach-Tiruttani, Chennai Beach-Gummiidipundi/Sullurupetta and Chennai Beach-Velachery sections.