The construction of the Panvel-Karjat Railway in India whose sanctioning took place back in 2018 has begun.
The railway line will be parallel to the current single-line section. It will feature a total of five stations which are Chowk, Panvel, Mohope, Chikhale, and Karjat. In addition, it will feature 15 road underpasses (RUB), three tunnels, and 44 bridges as well as seven road bridges.
Currently, the earthworks, as well as bridge construction work, are underway. According to the developer, Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC), the Panvel-Karjat Railway in India costs Rs 2,782 crore. It is set to be completed by March 2025.
Significance of the Panvel-Karjat Railway in India
Upon completion, the railway line will create a suburban corridor serving as an alternate route from Mumbai’s main island city to Karjat via Panel. It shall also contribute towards shortening commute times between Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) and Karjat.
Moreover, its completion will play a key role in the Mumbai Urban Transport Project 3 (MUTP-3). Overall, its objective strives to enhance service quality and network capacity. Furthermore, it also aims to heighten the safety of Mumbai’s suburban railway system.
Right within the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), the MUTP-3 will improve the mobility and safety of the population in general. Moreover, it will provide a more efficient and better connection between the various districts.
The longest tunnel on the suburban railway
Noteworthy, Panvel-Karjat Railway in India will be the longest tunnel on the suburban railway, in Mumbai. Moreover, it will be a part of three tunnels that include Kirwali and Nadhal.
Currently, the Persic tunnel that is right between Diva and Thane is the longest in Mumbai, stretching 1.3 kilometers. Upon completion, the Panvel-Karjat Railway will be double the length of the Persic tunnel. Thus, it will span 2.6 kilometers.