Thane, 7th December 2023: In a stern warning, MP Rajan Vichare has urged the railway administration to promptly initiate operations at the Digha Gaon railway station on the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link. Addressing the convention, Vichare cautioned that failure to commence services would lead to public protests for justice and rights. The Digha Gaon station, sanctioned in December 2016 under MUTP three projects, is crucial for relieving congestion at the Thane and Airoli railway stations.
The Mumbai Trans Harbour Link is a lifeline for commuters travelling from Thane to Navi Mumbai. With lakhs of passengers relying on this route, the overcrowding at Thane and Airoli stations has prompted the railway administration to construct the Digha Gaon station. The project, initiated in 2018, completed the first phase with the construction of Digha Gaon station.
Despite the completion of the station, trains are yet to commence operations, causing dissatisfaction among local citizens and the working class. MP Rajan Vichare, in a recent Parliament session, expressed concern over the delay attributed to the Ministry of Railways. He warned of public unrest if the station is not inaugurated promptly.
Vichare emphasized that initiating the Digha Gaon station would reduce congestion at Thane station by 40 per cent, benefiting both local citizens and the working class. The project aims to provide a direct route for those commuting from Kalyan, Dombivli, Badlapur, and Karjat to Navi Mumbai, enhancing connectivity for the workforce.
The absence of operational services at Digha Gaon station is contributing to traffic congestion, as the employed class resorts to personal and other vehicles. The resultant traffic woes adversely affect local citizens and contribute to a decrease in revenue for the Central Railway.
MP Rajan Vichare’s warning echoes the growing frustration among citizens and underscores the urgency for immediate action. The delayed inauguration of the Digha Gaon railway station not only inconveniences commuters but also impacts local traffic and revenue generation, prompting calls for swift resolutions from the railway authorities.