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Western Railway Elevated Corridor

Western Railway Elevated Corridor
Type Rapid Transit
System Mumbai Suburban Railway
Status Planned
Locale Mumbai, Maharashtra
Mira-Bhayandar, Maharashtra
Vasai-Virar, Maharashtra
Termini Oval Maidan
Stations 26
Daily ridership 1.7 million (2019-20 estimate)
Opening 2020[1]
Owner Indian Railway
Operator(s) Western Railway (WR)
Character Elevated, underground and at grade
Line length 63.27 km (39.31 mi)
No. of tracks 2
Track gauge 5 ft 6 in (1,676 mm)
Operating speed 100 km/h

The Western Railway Elevated Corridor is a proposed rapid transit corridor, running along the same alignment as the Western Line of the Mumbai Suburban Railway, that will link Oval Maidan with Virar.


The Western railway elevated corridor was first proposed by then Railway Minister Laloo Prasad Yadav in the 2007 Railway Budget.[2]

The technical feasibility report for the project was prepared by Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) and the French firm Systra.[3] On 23 August 2012, Western Railway (WR) held a planning meeting with potentially interested parties at Churchgate station. [4] According to Sharat Chandrayan, CPRO of WR, "The road-show was mainly to explain requirements for the project to prospective bidders and to understand their suggestions before bidding takes place".[5] A delay occurred due to differences of opinion between the State Government, the Planning Commission and the railways[6] on issues related to FSI, land acquisition, shifting of underground utilities and commercial use of land.[7]

The project is a joint public-private partnership (PPP) project of the railways, the state government and private organisation on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) basis.[8]

The project received in-principle approval from Maharashtra government on 9 April 2013.[9] The Maharashtra government sought central funding for the Mumbai Elevated Rail Corridor Project, which is aimed to revolutionise suburban commuting in the city.[10] The railway ministry announced on 17 September 2013, that the deadline for expressing interest had been extended to 29 November from 20 October. "Unless the agreement with the state government is signed it will be difficult for the project to take off", he said.[11]

The state government clarified it would not permit a higher FSI for the project, and lobbied for its own Mumbai Metro project.[12] The state government opposes the elevated rail corridor project, arguing that the proposed Line 3 of the Mumbai Metro Metro project between Colaba and SEEPZ follows the same route.[12] Following the November meeting, WR commissioned RITES to conduct a study on passenger volume projections if the route were shortened. The state government had suggested that the corridor be terminated at Bandra. The study found that terminating the corridor at Bandra would result in 40% reduction in passenger volume, which would make the project financially unviable.[13]


It will consist of a 63.27 km two-track elevated corridor running above the existing Western Line, occasionally going underground and at ground level. The elevated sections will be 15 to 20 m above the ground, and higher at at Andheri in order to clear the new Mumbai Metro station.[14] The corridor was initially proposed to go underground for 8.04 km from Oval Maidan to Mahalaxmi. Between Mahalaxmi and Borivali, the line will be elevated for 25.22 km and then at grade for 2.20 km. In the final stretch, between Borivali and Virar, 17.50 km would be elevated and 10.31 km would be at grade. Approximately, 42.72 km of the corridor was to be elevated, 8.04 km would be underground and the remaining 12.52 km at grade.[15]

Railway officials announced on 29 September 2012 that a decision had been taken to alter the earlier alignment and go underground for an additional 8.5 km stretch between Bandra and Jogeshwari to avoid having to buy and remove over 100 buildings extant on the planned route. This will increase the project cost by 12 billion (US$190 million). According to Mahesh Kumar, general manager of WR, the realignment would save money because he estimates that land acquisition and rehabilitation along the stretch would cost over 20 billion (US$320 million).[16] As a result of the changes, 16.6 km of the corridor will now be underground, 10 km will run at grade alongside existing tracks and 36.4 km will be elevated.[17] The underground sections include the 8.04 km stretch between Oval Maidan and Mahalaxmi, and the 8.56 km stretch between Bandra and Jogeshwari that was proposed in the amended plans. The at grade section, roughly lying between north Santacruz and north Vile Parle, is because of restrictions in height placed by the Airports Authority of India.[15] The stretches between Dahisar-Mira Road, Bhayander-Vasai and at Virar will also be at grade. The remaining stretches will be elevated.[18]

Initially, 26 stations were proposed. However, WR may cancel 3 or 4 stations to reduce cost and land acquisition. Stations that are situated close together or estimated to have low passenger traffic may be dropped from the plan. Matunga Road, Mahim and Naigaon stations have been proposed to be cancelled.[19][20]

The elevated corridor is expected to take 30% of the load off existing lines. Western Railway (WR) intends to fund the project by commercially developing 130,000 square metres of land in 8 locations, of which five plots are Mumbai Central, Bandra, Andheri, Mahalaxmi and Borivali.

The Virar maintenance depot was planned to require 65 hectares of land, but the new one will require 40.8 hectares of land, due to a decision by WR to reduce the proposed number of coaches on a train from the earlier 15 to 8.[21] Oval Maidan station will be integrated with Hutatma Chowk station on the proposed Colaba-Bandra line of the Mumbai Metro.


The line will have 26 stations - 5 underground, 19 elevated and 2 at grade.[22][23]
# Station Name Layout
1 Oval Maidan Underground
2 Churchgate Underground
3 Charni Road Underground
4 Mumbai Central Underground
5 Mahalaxmi Underground
6 Lower Parel Elevated
7 Elphinstone Road Elevated
8 Dadar Elevated
9 Matunga Road Elevated
10 Mahim Elevated
11 Bandra Underground
12 Santacruz Underground
13 Vile Parle Underground
14 Andheri Underground
15 Jogeshwari Underground
16 Goregaon Elevated
17 Malad Elevated
18 Kandivali Elevated
19 Borivali Elevated
20 Dahisar Elevated
21 Mira Road At Grade
22 Bhayandar Elevated
23 Naigaon At Grade
24 Vasai Road At Grade
25 Nala Sopara Elevated
26 Virar At Grade


Indian Railways plans to extend the corridor from Oval Maidan to either Mantralaya or Nariman Point.[24]


The project is estimated to cost 200 billion (US$3.2 billion)[25] and will be implemented through a public-private partnership (PPP) mode on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) basis by a private entity.[15] The Central Government will provide 20% of the project cost as viability gap funding.[18]


The rolling stock proposed will consist of 3,660-mm wide air-conditioned coaches. The corridor will have emergency sidings.[15]


  • Services will run daily from 5am - 12am. Trains will be available every 90 seconds and will halt at each station for 30 seconds.[15]
  • Trains will be able to transport 90,000 passengers PHPDT (Peak Hour Peak Direction Traffic).[15]
  • Trains will have an optimum speed of 100 km/h.[15]


  1. ^ "Churchgate-Virar elevated rail corridor likely to get nod".  
  2. ^ "Highlights of the Railway Budget 2007-08accessdate=16 January 2012". 
  3. ^ Devasia, Sanjeev (16 February 2009). "First step toward the Mumbai-Virar elevated 2-track corridor project". Mumbai: Mid Day. p. 1. Retrieved 16 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "India’s Western Railway stages bidder briefing for Mumbai rail project". 24 August 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Elevated rail corridor gets green light from developers".  
  6. ^ "Officials meet to put elevated railway corridor on fast track". 18 June 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  7. ^ "No movement yet on Oval Maidan Virar Elevated Corridor". Indian Express. 8 June 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Indian Railways’ Mumbai elevated rail corridor on track". 16 August 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Elevated Rail Corridor project gets in-principle nod". 9 April 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Maharashtra wants centre to fund suburban elevated rail corridor". 3 May 2013. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  11. ^
  12. ^ a b
  13. ^
  14. ^ First step toward the Mumbai-Virar elevated 2-track corridor project
  15. ^ a b c d e f g "Oval Maidan-Virar elevated rail corridor gets a forward push".  
  16. ^ "Underground suburban stretch to cost WR Rs. 1,200 crore more".  
  17. ^ Sanjeev Devasia (16 October 2012). "Help us get land for elevated corridor: Railways". Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  18. ^ a b Sandeep Ashar (16 October 2012). "Western Railways seeks commercial use of land along route to fund new corridor". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  19. ^ Manthan K Mehta (7 September 2012). "Elevated corridor: Few stations may be dropped to cut cost". Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  20. ^ [1]
  21. ^ Binoo Nair (6 April 2013). "Your AC train to Virar will have 8 coaches". DNA India. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  22. ^ Raghvendra Rao (5 August 2012). "Oval Maidan-Virar elevated rail corridor gets a forward push".  
  23. ^ "Elevated rail corridor stations will have shops and offices".  
  24. ^ Manthan K Mehta (7 August 2012). "Elevated rail corridor may run up to Mantralaya or Nariman Point". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  25. ^ "Railway 'dumps' metro from Mumbai corridor plan". 4 August 2012. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 

See also

External links

  • Project Information Memorandum (Indian Railways)
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