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Panvel railway station (station code: PL (suburban)/PNVL (mainline)) is a railway station on the Harbour Line and Central Line of the Mumbai Suburban Railway network.

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Panvel
Mumbai Suburban Railway station
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Panvel Railway Station – Suburban entrance
Coordinates18°59′22″N 73°07′20″E / 18.98932°N 73.12229°E / 18.98932; 73.12229
Elevation12.175 metres (39.94 ft)
Owned byMinistry of Railways, Indian Railways and CIDCO[1]
Line(s)Harbour Line and Central Line
Platforms7 (including 4 island platform and 3 end platform)[1]
Tracks10
Construction
Structure typeStandard on-ground station
ParkingYes
Other information
Station codePL(suburban)
PNVL (mainline)
Fare zoneCentral Railway
History
Opened1962
ElectrifiedYes
Traffic
Passengers (2013)1 million[2]
Services
Preceding station  
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MSR
  Following station
Harbour LineTerminus
toward Vasai Road
Vasai Road-Roha line
toward Roha
toward Karjat
Central Railway
Karjat-Uran line
toward Uran City
Location
Panvel is located in Maharashtra
Panvel
Panvel
Location within Maharashtra

The station inter-connects to the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport integrating along with Palm Beach Marg.[3] Panvel station was originally opened as a rail freight transport in 1962, for limited service to Diva railway station. Regular commuter service began in 1964 for passengers headed to Khopoli.[4]

Inbound and outbound trains shares a twelve-car platform on the inbound track, requiring Panvel passengers to embark or debark from the forthcoming coaches of outbound trains or the rear coaches of inbound trains. Panvel also serves a parallel route for Karjat which is known as the (Panvel-Karjat route).[5] The route has been set up for cargo services travelling from Karjat to Navi Mumbai. An in-development terminus of the station had been proposed in 2007.[6]

The Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport buses from the station run in both Old and New Panvel. it is expected to increase ridership at Old Panvel from 94% total daily boardings and alightings.[7] After the success of the bus services, NMMT proposed to expand the bus services from the station.[8]

It handles 2 Rajdhani Express

1. 12431/12432 Thiruvananthapuram Rajdhani Express

2. 22413/22414 Madgaon Rajdhani Express

HistoryEdit

InaugurationEdit

The station was introduced as the "Panvel-Diva railway line", serving as rail freight transport in 1962 and was used for cargo services. The Indian Railways ministry had commissioned the independent commuter railway services in 1964.[4] In addition, a number of development activities have been conducted, including track expansions, electrification of the coaches and addition of long-route express trains.

Proposed terminus developmentEdit

In 2007, the Central Railways ministries had proposed to develop a terminus, serving the inbound and outbound long distance express trains.[9] According to the general manager, V. K. Kaul, it was announced that the project will be developed with an expenditure of 22 crore (US$3.2 million).[6] City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) stated that the corporation also has a two-third of expenditure on the project and the CR has the major expenditure plan. However, in 2015 the project was re-announced with a total expenditure of 126 crore (US$18 million) from the CR ministries.[10] The CR ministries also stated that the development of the terminus will be completed in 2018.[10] The terminus also consists two separate platforms for the express trains.[11]

Services and further developmentEdit

CIDCO corridor projectEdit

CIDCO has implemented a six-corridor railway project including the Mankhurd – Belapur – Panvel Railway Line and Panvel/Belapur – Uran Railway Line. The project will be developed with an expenditure on a ratio of 67:33; 466 crore (US$67 million) from Indian Railways and 946 crore (US$140 million) from CIDCO,[12] covering a length of 200 kilometres (120 mi) and occupying 900 hectares of land.[1]

The Mankhurd – Belapur – Panvel Railway Corridor Line was first commissioned on 25 January 1995 as a single line connecting to Khandeshwar station from Belapur station. The line was subsequently expanded to Panvel on 29 June 1998. On 14 April 2000, the line got subsequently expanded as double line services from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus to Panvel.[13]

The Panvel/Belapur – Uran Corridor Line was originally planned in 1996, but later it was halted due to unknown reasons in 2008.[12] According to the 2009 reports, the expenses of the project was around 1,412.17 crore (US$200 million), including the expenses of constructing foot-over bridges and installation of railway network for Belapur station from the proposed station Sagarganga (Kille).[14] The planned stations between the route including Seawoods, Sagar Sangam, Targhar, Bamandongari, Kharkopar, Gavhan, Ranjanpada, Nava-Sheva, Dronagiri and Uran with a length of 27 kilometres (17 mi), will be developed in the first phase of the project in 2017.[15] Due to the scarcity of the land required for the tracks development, a 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) of forest land between Gavhan and Ranjanpada stations will be acquired by the corporation for phase 2 of the development.[16]

Implementation of shuttle train servicesEdit

In 2006, the Central Railways ministries had proposed the shuttle train services between Karjat station and Panvel. The plan was implemented as the cargo service trains uses the single track of the Panvel-Karjat route.[5] On October 2015, the shuttle train services were started between Diva station and Panvel on the trial basis. Due to the establishment of shuttle train services, the commuters from the New Panvel can travel directly to Diva.[17][18] A new shuttle train service is going to be commissioned between Panvel and Bhiwandi / Vasai / Virar stations which is a 70 km project. Currently,[when?] there are 13 stations on this route. 11 more stations are to be built after the project commences.

Track elevationEdit

In 2012, CIDCO had proposed a 25 kilometres (16 mi) metro corridor of Navi Mumbai Metro, linking from Belapur to the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport.[19]

However, on January 2016, the CST-Panvel elevated corridor project was proposed by Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MVRC) to connect the route along Palm Beach Marg to the proposed international airport. The corridor, although was originally proposed to link the parallel route between Reay Road and Panvel.[3] The report was revised on February 2016 of the project and was stated that the corridor will be integrated with the Navi Mumbai Metro, connecting the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport to the proposed airport.[20][21]

On June 2014, it was announced that the Panvel-Karjat route will get track extension under the phase 3 of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project scheme with an expenditure of 1,809 crore (US$260 million).[22] On February 2015, MVRC approved the extension of tracks with an expenditure of 2,024 crore (US$290 million); reducing the distance of the route to 78 kilometres (48 mi).[23]

Bus connectionsEdit

The station serves as the major hub from the Navi Mumbai Municipal Transport (NMMT) bus routes serving the Navi Mumbai areas. On August 2015, NMMT and Panvel City Municipal Corporation (PCMC) had implemented to start the bus services serving the three major parts of the city from the station, including Sai Nagar, Uran Naka and Palaspa Phata.[24]

Route (from) Bus no. Route (to)
Panvel station 111 Mantralaya, Mumbai
Vichumbe village 59 Khandeshwar railway station (via New Panvel(east))
Panvel station 75 Sai Nagar(Old Panvel)
Panvel station 76 karanjade

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "NM Railway Infrastructure". CIDCO. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  2. ^ Sandeep Shivadekar (28 October 2013). "'Develop Panvel station in one stretch to avoid encroachment'". The Times Group. Times of India. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  3. ^ a b Manthank Mehta (27 January 2016). "High-speed rail corridor from CST to new airport will now run along Palm Beach Rd". The Times Group. Times of India. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  4. ^ a b Amit Shrivastava (29 December 2013). "Panvel-Diva rail section turns 50". DNA Desk. DNA India. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  5. ^ a b Binoo Nair (25 December 2006). "CR PLANS SHUTTLE SERVICE BETWEEN PANVEL AND KARJAT". The Times Group. Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  6. ^ a b Rajendra B. Aklekar (17 August 2015). "CR REVIVES 2007 PLAN TO MAKE PANVEL STATION A TERMINUS". The Times Group. Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  7. ^ TNN (10 October 2015). "NMMT launches bus service from railway station to Old Panvel". The Times Group. Times of India. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  8. ^ TNN (5 October 2015). "Panvel to get new bus route from Oct 6". The Times Group. Times of India. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  9. ^ "CR plans terminus for Panvel to decongest Mumbai". HT Media. Hindustan Times. 6 May 2007. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  10. ^ a b TNN (14 October 2015). "Panvel revamp on track, to be rail terminus by 2018, says CR". The Times Group. The Times of India. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  11. ^ Iram Siddiqui (29 April 2014). "Panvel railway station to be remodelled". Free Press Journal. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  12. ^ a b "Cidco begins work on Nerul-Uran rail link". HT Media. Hindustan Times. 31 October 2011. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  13. ^ "Belapur-Panvel Railway Line" (PDF). CIDCO. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  14. ^ "NERUL-URAN RAIL CORRIDOR GETS CIDCO PUSH". DNA Desk. DNA India. 10 June 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  15. ^ Ankoor Anvekar (5 January 2015). "Phase 2 of Nerul-Uran corridor could be completed by 2018". Mid Day. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  16. ^ Ankoor Anvekar (2 October 2015). "Keep it simple: CIDCO tells architects for stations on Seawoods-Uran rail corridor". Mid Day. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  17. ^ "Shuttle services start between Diva and Panvel". Indian Express Group. The Indian Express. 2 October 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  18. ^ "Diva Panvel shuttle from 1 October (Hindi)". The Times Group. Navbharat Times. 29 September 2015. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  19. ^ Rahul Gadpale (27 March 2012). "CIDCO TAKES NAVI MUMBAI METRO PLAN AHEAD". DNA Desk. DNA India. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  20. ^ Shashank Rao (26 February 2016). "CST-Panvel elevated corridor: Fast corridor to take a detour via Palm Beach Road". MD Desk. Mid Day.
  21. ^ Rahi Gaikwad (26 February 2016). "Elevated rail corridors will take off in Mumbai". The Hindu Group. The Hindu.
  22. ^ Ravikiran Deshmukh (18 June 2014). "State approves two railway projects worth Rs 1,809 crore". MD Desk. Mid Day. Retrieved 24 February 2016.
  23. ^ Sanjay Banerjee (28 February 2015). "Two rail projects to save time for Karjat, Kalyan commuters". The Times Group. The Times of India. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  24. ^ U.K Nambiar (30 August 2015). "NMMT to start city bus service in Panvel". The Times Group. Times of India. Retrieved 23 February 2016.

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