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Work on the two additional rail lines between Thane-Diva, which was suspended during the lockdown, will restart this week. The work of forging a 100 tonne steel bridge which will then be assembled at the site has begun in Kota.
Sources in the Mumbai Rail Vikas Corporation (MRVC), which is working on the project, said they have been collaborating with the state government and supply manufacturers. "We will be getting 100 tonne steel from Kota. We already have 250 tonne of steel for the bridge at Mumbra," confirmed R Khurana, MRVC chairman and managing director.
Officials said a team of labourers is being set up and permissions are being sought for the deployment of site supervisors and engineers. The bridge was initially scheduled to be assembled by July.
Rail engineers, however, are concerned about a shortage of cement for the project.
The new deadline for the project has been set for June 2021. This is the fifth time the deadline has been extended. The estimated cost of the project when it started in 2008 was Rs 130 crore. It now stands at Rs 503 crore.
The 9km-stretch between Thane and Diva has four existing lines on to which six lines (Diva-Kalyan and Thane-Kurla Lokmanya Tilak Terminus) converge, creating a bottleneck that obstructs and delays local suburban and outstation trains. Central Railway officials say this affects the punctuality of the suburban service.
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