Ram Mandir — the new suburban station built between Jogeshwari and Goregaon on the Western line of the local train network — is likely to become operational within a week or two, officials said.
Constructed at a cost of Rs. 32 crore, this would be the 37th suburban station on the Churchgate-Dahanu Road route of Western Railways and would be soon thrown open to public.
“To facilitate passengers there, two elevated booking offices have been constructed at north and south FOB respectively. Besides two ATVMs have also been provided to the passengers,” a Western Railway official said.
Currently, around 1.07 lakh passengers board the train at Jogeshwari while around 1.56 lakh people commute from Goregaon station, the official said.
This new station will be a boon to those living and working in the adjoining areas.
“The station is going to be huge relief for lakhs of office-goers and residents because they are currently dependent on bus or auto-rickshaw services for commute,” said an officer from Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC), which has been given the mandate to upgrade railway infrastructure in the metropolis.
This station would de-congest traffic by providing direct connectivity to commercial hubs in the east, including Oracle Financial Service, Oberai Mall, Sadhana Industrial State, TCS, Nirlon Knowledge Park and many more, he said.
The Ram Mandir station with four platforms is located at 25.51 kms from Churchgate station, 1.39 kms from Goregaon Station and 1.99 kms from Jogeshwari station.