WR locals to halt at newly-built Oshiwara station from Nov 27, Suresh Prabhu to inaugurate
After a wait of nearly a decade, Mumbai is set to get a brand new station on the Western line as Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu is scheduled to inaugurate the newly-constructed Oshiwara station on November 27.
Oshiwara station will come up between Jogeshwari and Goregaon, and is likely to provide some much needed relief to commuters travelling on the western line. It will be the 37th station on WR’s suburban network.
Commuters boarding trains from Jogeshwari and Andheri stations during morning peak hours will benefit the most from lesser crowds, as railway authorities have decided to halt the slow trains at Oshiwara.
As of today, over 6.7 lakh tickets are sold at Andheri station, 3.6 lakh at Goregaon station and 2.5 lakh at Jogeshwari station every day.
“The Oshiwara station will be inaugurated by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu. All slow corridor trains will halt at the station for a few minutes after it is officially declared open,” said WR’s divisional railway manager Mukul Jain.
WR has already accounted for the halts at Oshiwara station by keeping a buffer of 30 seconds in the new timetable.
The station was proposed under phase-I of the Mumbai Urban Transport Project and has been under construction for almost a decade. But, protests by locals and inability to halt services led to the project’s delay.
Once the extension from Andheri to Goregaon is complete by March 31, trains running on the Harbour line will also halt at Oshiwara station.
Meanwhile, there is also speculation that the station might be named ‘Ram Mandir’, which is the name of the area where the station is located.