SIGHTSEEING IN MUMBAI

Mumbai is the city of Gold where one willing can achieve his dreams. People from all parts of the country come and try their luck here. This is the reason behind the cosmopolitan and mixed population of the city. You will people of all caste, culture and religion. The dressing, eating habits are a cross section of the traditional beliefs and the new western influence. The urban and educated people are greatly influenced by western culture.

Mumbai has much to see. Once a tiny island covered by palm trees was used to belong to the native koli fisher-folk, who still live here in their little villages surrounded by huge skyscrapers. In the seventeenth century the Portuguese came and dotted the island with several forts, which stand even today. In 1661, Mumbai was finally ceded to Charles II of England and eventually became one the largest ports in the British Empire.

The local language is Marathi, but Hindi is widely used and known to all. Also as English is the medium of instruction is offices, even the locals understand and can speak the basic words to help a foreign tourist get around without much trouble.
Colaba Area

  • Situated in South-Bombay, this is a tourist preferred location. It has plenty of budget and mid-range hotels. The majestic Taj Mahal Hotel has great views of the Gateway of India from its top floor Apollo Bar. The streets behind the Taj Mahal Hotel are the travellers’ centre of Mumbai. The main drag of Colaba is plenty of street vendors, shops, stalls and cafes.

  • Fort

    The extravagant blend of Victorian gothic buildings in the Fort district of Mumbai, supports the European roots of the city. This lively area occupies the site of the old British built fort and is the established commercial centre of Mumbai. It’s jampacked with commuters, street stalls and the 19th century British institutions and trading houses. The Bombay Stock Exchange on the famous Dalal Street is one of the many establishments.

  • Marine Drive

    Built in 1920, Marine Drive runs along the shoreline of the Arabian Sea from Nariman Point to the foot of Malabar Hill. It passes Chowpatty Beach along the way. It’s one of Mumbai’s most popular romantic spot and sunset view is amazing. Tourist brochures are fond of stating it as the Queen’s Necklace, because of the dramatic curve of its streetlights at night.

    If you’re feeling energetic, a stroll down Marine Drive is possibly the best way to discover Mumbai. This is a windswept promenade, flanked by the sea and a row of art deco buildings. Looped between the concrete jungle of Nariman Point, Mumbai’s Manhattan, and the leafy green slopes of Malabar hill, Marine Drive is sometimes called the Queen’s Necklace, strung with glittering street lights like an enormous strand of imperious jewels. It is also one of Mumbai’s busiest roads, an important artery for the heavy suburban traffic heading downtown. Cars whiz continually past the two mile stretch, past huddled lovers, children and babies in perambulators. This is where most of south Mumbai comes to breathe in some fresh air.

  • Chowpatty Beach

    Mumbai’s famous beach is no place for a sunbathe or taking a dip. In fact, there’s not much going on at Chowpatty at all during the day, but in the evening it develops a magical atmosphere as locals come to stroll among the balloon sellers, fortune tellers, magicians, nut vendors, ferris wheels and shooting galleries. You might even catch a film shoot or a street play. At one end is a row of bhelpuri shops hawking Mumbai’s most popular snack: crisp puffed rice and semolina doused in pungent chutneys, all scooped up with a flat, fried puri. Eating at the collection of stalls is an essential part of the Mumbai experience. Chowpatty is a great place to witness the annual Ganesh Chaturthi Festival in August/September when large images of the Lord Ganesha are immersed in the sea. If you go to Mumbai and have not gone to Chowpatty and enjoyed the beach-side snacks then you have lost lots of fun.

  • Malabar Hill

    The colonial bungalows that peppered the hillside in the 18th century have now been replaced by the apartment blocks of Mumbai. The formal Hanging Gardens (or Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens) on top of the hill, offer the visitor a panoramic view of Bombay – the bay, the colorful Chowpatty Beach immediately below,and the imposing buildings of Nariman Point (Manhattan of India) reaching for the sky. And at night, “the Queen’s Necklace” is something to watch from the height. Beside the Hanging Gardens, are the Parsi Towers of Silence. Parsis hold fire, earth and water as sacred so do not cremate or bury their dead. At the Parsi Towers of Silence, (not open to visitors) the dead are exposed to elements.

  • Hanging Gardens

    Perched at the top of Malabar Hill, on its western side, just opposite the Kamala Nehru Park, these terraced gardens, also known as Ferozeshah Mehta Gardens, provide lovely sunset views over the Arabian Sea. The park was laid out in the early 1880s over Bombay’s main reservoir, some say to cover the water from the potentially contaminating activity of the nearby Towers of Silence.

  • Crawford Market

    The colourful indoor Crawford Market, north of CST (previously VT), is the last outpost of British Bombay before the fever of the central bazaars begins. It’s a blend of Flemish and Norman architecture with a bas relief depicting Indian peasants in wheat fields just above the main entrance. The freize, incidentally, was designed by Lockyard Kipling, father of the famous Rudyard Kipling, and the Kiplings’ cottage still stands next to the JJ School of Art across the road. Now named after a local patriot called Jyotiba Phule, Crawford Market looks like something out of Victorian London, with its sweet smell of hay and 50 ft high skylit awning that bathes the entire place in natural sunlight. It used to be the city’s wholesale produce market before this was strategically moved to New Bombay. Today it’s where central Mumbai goes shopping for its fruit, vegetables and meat.

  • Kalbadevi

    No visit to Mumbai is complete without a round into the bazaars of Kalbadevi, north of Crawford Market. The narrow lanes of this area are flooded in by laundry-draped chawls, and a huge mass of people bring Mumbai’s traffic to a standstill. It’s in complete contrast to the relative space, orderliness and modernity of South Mumbai. The main areas are Zaveri Bazaar (jewellery), Mangaldas Market (cloth), Dhabu St (leather goods) Mumbai’s

  • Gateway Of India Gateway of India

    The Gateway of India – a 26 mt. Triumphal Archway designed Century to commemorate the visit of King Geoge and Queen Mary to India in 1911 – is Mumbai’s most famous landmark. Ironically, when the Raj ended in 1947, this colonial symbol also became a sort of epitaph: the last of the British ships that set sail for England left from the Gateway.
    Behind the arch, there are steps leading down to the water. Here, you can get onto one of the bobbing little motor launches, for a short cruise through Mumbai’s splendid natural harbour.

    The dome of the museum

  • Prince Charles Museum

    Built in the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture to honour king George V’s visit to India. It has 3 main sections: Art , Archealogy , & Natural History. It has a fine collection of Chinese Jade pieces, oil paintings & miniature paintings.

    Rajabai Tower

  • Rajabai Clock Tower ( Mumbai University )

    Situated at the gardens of Mumbai university building, the Rajabai Clock tower rises above the portion of the library section. Consisting of 5 elaborately decorated storeys, the tower is 280 ft. In height and commands a fine view of the city. From the ground are about eight other statues depicting various Indian castes.

    Haji Ali

  • Haji Ali’s Mosque

    Situated in between the Arabian Sea, is a whitewashed fairytale mosque containing the tomb of the Muslim saint Haji Ali.

  • Essel World

    This is Mumbai’s only international-style amusement centre situated close to Gorai Beach. Special ferries get you across to the park and the entrance fee normally takes care of a fixed number of rides. These include the standard roller coaster and adventure themes, plus a water world section where kids can literally run amok. Summer is usually crowded, but the place also offers low budget monsoon packages and special deals on weekends. Check these out before you go.

  • Film City

    Mockingly called Bollywood by locals, Film City clings to the outskirts of the National Park, and is practically overrun by assorted stars and starlets — the demi gods and goddesses of modern India. Bollywood churns out over 900 films every year, all packed with those mandatory elements of song, dance, melodrama, violence and erotica that audiences love. Which is probably why Film City sets are heavily booked around the year. They are closed to visitors, but special permissions can always be obtained to check out the action.

  • Juhu beach

    Like Chowpatty, its downtown counterpart, uptown Juhu Beach is also a bourgeois paradise, filled to the gills with screaming children, courting couples and rowdy adolescents. If you want a more fancy excursion, however, retreat behind Juhu’s many five star hotels, for a steaming cup of coffee and a splendid view of the coast. The most popular of these beachfront hotels are the Sun and Sand and Holiday Inn. The government run Juhu Centaur also has a 24 hour coffee shop with a view of the sea.

welcome in Vajreshwari

 

The Vajreshwari temple is a relic of Maratha glory
The Vajreshwari temple is a relic of Maratha glory

THE red-and-yellow bus at Vasai Road station had only one door. A Koli woman and her three fish baskets were trying to get in through it. My spirits sank. Imagine starting off on a Sunday pilgrimage immersed in the smell of raw fish!

The bus slowly filled up with other smells and sounds. A basketful of bananas, another of assorted greens and a jerry can of heavy-duty oil joined the fish. A hawker thrust a packet of pens under my nose. A packet of chana floated outside the window. Thankfully, the man in the next row had an English newspaper opened wide.

The bus was old and rickety. Once we got into the countryside, its creeks and rattles seemed to bring the low clouds alive! The Konkan countryside turns a vivid green with the onset of monsoon. The hillsides present a blend of black igneous rock and green grasses or short trees. By the time the grey battlements of the Vajreshwari temple came into sight, we had spent over an hour on this green road.

The Vajreshwari temple is a relic of Maratha glory. Chimaji Appa, the younger brother of Peshwa Bajirao I, got it built after the Marathas conquered the Bassein fort in 1739.

 

Vajreshwari entered Indra's vajra to slay the demon Kalikat
Vajreshwari entered Indra’s vajra to slay the demon Kalikat

The temple stands atop a hillock by the road. A flight of 52 steps leads up to the main gate. Half way up, I stopped at the landing to survey the ground below. The Tansa, a small river, shone into view. It executes a crisp ‘L’ before slowly rolling into the cloud-draped hills.

A large board in the main gate’s side states the temple’s history but it is in Marathi. Though the gate is clearly old, the covered walkway that connects it to the sanctum is not. The original temple must have stood in a walled courtyard, unconnected to the gate. It was a grey stone structure, probably dome roofed. But now the curves of domes are visible only from the inside. Both the sanctum and the forecourt have concave ceilings, capped by cement spires.

The temple is dedicated to goddess Vajreshwari but the sanctum also has idols of goddess Renuka and goddess Kalika on either side of the main Vajreshwari idol. Smaller idols of Ganesha and other gods and goddesses are carved in the pillars and walls of the forecourt.

 

 

 

Divine cure

Last year, scientists of the National Chemical Laboratory isolated a molecule that inhibits the AIDS causing HIV-1 protease, from a microbe that thrives in the high temperature and alkaline conditions of a hot spring in Vajreshwari.

How to get there

Vajreshwari lies in Thane district of Maharashtra, 31 km from Vasai Road station. The suburban train from Andheri in Mumbai takes 45 minutes to reach Vasai Road. The fare is Rs 8. The state transport bus from Vasai Road to Vajreshwari charges Rs 18. Travel time is one hour and 15 minutes.

Both Renuka and Vajreshwari are widely revered in the North. The Renuka lake in Sirmour district of Himachal Pradesh is named after Renuka, mother of sage Parshurama, while Kangra and Chamba have famous Vajreshwari temples.

The Tansa flows here and the village is well known for its 21 hot water springs
The Tansa flows here and the village is well known for its 21 hot water springs

Vajreshwari has a balmy air about it
Vajreshwari has a balmy air about it

The legend goes that Parshurama had performed a mahayajna at Vajreshwari and the hills of volcanic ash in the area are its residue. The Parshurama connection somewhat explains the worship of Renuka in the area but the Vajreshwari legend is quite complicated. In fact, there are differing beliefs about the goddess.

In Kangra, for instance, it is believed that the Vajreshwari temple marks the site where the left breast of Sati Parvati had fallen. But in Vasai, one belief is that the goddess came to be called Vajreshwari after she swallowed Indra’s vajra (thunderbolt), which he had hurled at the sage Vashishtha. There is another belief that the goddess is called Vajreshwari because she entered Indra’s Vajra to slay the demon Kalikat.

Whatever the myth, the Vajreshwari shrine makes for a great outing due to its picturesque setting. On emerging from the temple, I walked down to Akloli village, about a kilometre ahead. The Tansa flows here but the village is better known for its 21 hot water springs. The presence of these springs is attributed to the volcanic past of the region. In all, there are about 350 hot springs in the Tejsa, Tansa and Surya rivers of Vasai taluka.

Vajreshwari has a balmy air about it. Hardly a jarring shade in the miles of green… I crossed the bridge on the Tansa and walked down the rocks to the edge of the water. A farmer and his daughter were spending the Sunday afternoon fishing from a rock. I sat down to snap up their catch with my camera!

Sri Malang Gad, Haji Malang

Trek Sri Malang gad, Haji Malang
Alias -
Type Hill Fort
District Raigad
Height above mean sea level 2596 feet
Nearest Village Kalyan
Minimum Duration 1 Day
Region Karjat
Transport

By Train reach Kalyan. Buses are available from Kalyan to the base of the fort on a regular basis

Time to reach the top About 2 hours from the base
Water Availability Water is available through the small hotels on the way. Best is to carry your own water from Kalyan.
Best season to visit Any season except monsoon
Sights to visit HajiMalang Dargah, Maachi and balekilla of the fort.
Difficulty Rating Reaching maachi is quiet easy but going to balekilla is quiet tough
Shelter No shelter is available
Location
A view from Malang GadSituated at the border of Thane-Raigad districts is known more for the Dargah of Malang Baba, halfway up the mountain. But above the Dargah there is a much more hidden thrill for the trekkers, which one may not expect.

Shri Malang Gad is situated at a distance of 13 K.m. from Kalyan. Kalyan is well connected to Mumbai by rail as well as road. Frequent S.T. buses are available from Kalyan S.T. station to the base. About one and half hours climbing by steps will take you to the Dargah. 20 mins from Dargah up to the mountain will take you to the Balekilla (citadel). The pinnacle of the Shri Malang Gad is supposed to be the real challenge for the professional trekkers, but for amateur trekkers reaching the pinnacle by a very very narrow path should also be a thrilling experience.

 
 Precaution
View of Malang gad from the base The way to the Dargah has many exhaustive steps (water is available throughout from the small hotel’s). Beggers on th eway are irritating.
 
 Sight Seeing
Way to the balekillaOne can visit the Haji Malang dargah on the way to the fort. From the Balekilla (citadel) we can see Chanderi, Matheran range to the south, Kalyan city, Mahuli to the north and Mumbai (with part of sea)to the west.
 
 Note
   All references regarding duration of trek and transport are given with respect to Kalyan
photographs
Darwaja on the way to machi The only way to reach the Balekilla
Darwaja on the way to Machi. The only way to reach the Balekilla.

Elephanta Caves

The Elephanta Caves are a  great tourist attraction in the vicinity of the large Mumbai meteropolis. The Elephanta island is located 10 km away from the Gateway of India at Mumbai. These caves house rock cut temples dating back to the 5th century CE.

 The Elephanta island was so named by the Portuguese, after the statue of an elephant near the landing area of the island. These rock cut temples dedicated to Shiva Mahadeva are rich in sculptural content. Motorboats take passengers from Appollo Bunder near the Gateway of India. .

How They were Constructed: This rock cut temples were created by carving out rock, and creating the columns, the internal spaces and the images. The entire temple is akin to a huge sculpture, through whose corridors and chambers one can walk. The entire complex was created through a process of rock removal. Some of the rock surfaces are highly finished while some are untreated bare rock.

The entire cave temple complex covers an area of about 60000 squrare feet and it consists  a main chamber and two lateral ones , courtyards and several subsidary shrines. Above the temple is the mass of natural rock.

There are three entrances to this temple. The ones on the east and the west marking the axis of the temple. A 20 pillared hall lines the axis, and on its western end is the cella in shich is enshrined a Shivalingam. The pillars consist of fluted columns standing on square bases, and are crowned with fluted cushion capitals.

The enigmatic image of Trimurthi Sadasiva: The Sadasiva manifestation of Shiva is carved in relief at the end of the north south axis.  This collossal 20 feet high  image of the three headed Shiva, Trimurthy is a magnificient one, considered to be a masterpiece of Indian art.  This colossal image represents Panchamukha Shiva, only three faces of whom are carved into the wall and it demands immediate attention upon entering the temple through the northern entrance. Also on the southern wall are grand sculptured images of Kalyanasundara, Gangadhara, Ardhanariswara and Uma Maheswara. To the west of the northern entrance are sculptured images of Nataraja and Andhakaasuravadamoorthy, and to its east are images of Yogiswara and Ravanaanugrahamurthy.

Thus in the Elephanta caves, Shiva is portrayed in the non anthropomorphic Shivalingam form, as well as in his quintessential being emanating from the Shivalingam in the colossal image, and in 8 manifest forms.

To the east of the main temple is a courtyard, flanked by the secondary shrine. This temple contains six pillars at its entrance, four of which are free standing and two engaged. The entrance leads to a hall decorated with sculptured panels depicting legends from the Shiva Purana.

Mumbai Railway Vikas

Introduction

The Mumbai Suburban Railway network caters to 6.3 million commuters everyday. It has the highest passenger density in the World, ahead of even Tokyo and Seoul. Almost half of the total daily passengers using the entire Indian Railway System are from Mumbai Suburban Railway system alone.
Mumbai Suburban Railway system, in spite of heavy demands on it, has provided an efficient and reliable service. However, the pressure    continues    and   today   it   has   reached   alarming
proportions. Overcrowding has grown to such an extent that 5,000 passengers are traveling per 9-car train during peak hours, as against the rated carrying capacity of 1,710. This has resulted in, what is known as, super dense crush load of 14-16 standing passengers per square metre of floor space.
Given the geographical spread of the population and location  of  business  areas,  the  rail  network
will continue to be the principal mode of mass transport in Mumbai.
To enable the Mumbai Suburban Railway to meet the demands of the ever-growing passenger traffic , Ministry of Railways and the Government of Maharashtra joined hands to face the challenge.
Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation Ltd (MRVC Ltd), a PSU of Govt. of India under Ministry of Railways (MOR) was incorporated under Companies Act,1956 with an equity capital of Rs. 25 Crores shared in the ratio of 51:49 between Ministry of Railways and Government of Maharashtra to implement the Rail Component of an integrated rail-cum-road urban transport project called Mumbai Urban Transport Project (MUTP).
The cost of the Rail Component of the project is to be shared equally by Ministry of Railways and Government of Maharashtra.
The Corporation is not only executing the projects identified so far, but also involved in the further planning and development of Mumbai Suburban Rail system for improved rail services in close coordination with Indian Railways and Government of Maharashtra. The geographical jurisdiction of MRVC is from Churchgate to Dahanu Road on Western Railway and from CSTM to Kasara, Karjat/ Khopoli and Panvel on Central Railway.
Apart from execution of Railway projects in Mumbai, the main functions of MRVC are :
Develop coordinated plans and implement the rail infrastructure projects.
Integrate urban development plan for Mumbai with rail capacity and propose investments.
Undertake commercial development of Railway land and air space in Mumbai area.
Coordinate and facilitate improvements of track drainage and removal of encroachments and trespassers.
Coordinate with organizations operating the train services and responsible for protection of Railway’s right of way and urban development for purposeful resolution of allied issues and problems.

Overview

The Suburban Railway system in Mumbai is perhaps the most complex, densely loaded and intensively utilised system in the world. Spread over 302 route Kms, it operates on 1500 Volt DC power supply from overhead catenary. The suburban services are run by electric multiple units (EMUs). 184 rakes (train sets) of 9-car and 12-car composition are utilised to run 2067 train services to carry 6.3 million passengers per day.
Two zonal Railways, the Western Railway (WR) and the Central Railway (CR), operate the Mumbai Suburban Railway system.
Two corridors (one local and other through) on Western Railway run northwards from Churchgate terminus parallel to the west coast up to Virar (60 Kms).
Two corridors (one local and other through) on Central Railway run from Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) to Kalyan (54 Kms),from where it bifurcates into Kalyan-Kasara (67 Kms) in the north-east and Kalyan-Karjat-Khapoli (61 Kms) in south-east.
The 5th corridor on Central Railway runs as the Harbour line starting from CST to Raoli Junction (11 Kms) from where the line splits. One line goes north west to join WR at Bandra and goes up to Andheri (11 Kms) and the other goes eastward to terminate at Panvel (39 Kms) via New-Mumbai.
At present, the fast corridors on Central Railway as well as Western Railway are shared for long distance (Main line) and Freight trains.
 

MAP

MUTP Projects

Rail projects were identified through the project preparatory studies with the objective of:
Bringing down the over crowding in peak hour peak direction 9-car train to 3000 passengers as against existing around 5000.
Segregate the suburban train operation from the main line passenger and freight services.
Completion over a time frame of eight to ten years.
Total cost Rs.5618 crores (1998-99 prices)
MUTP (Rail Component) bifurcated in two phases (Phase I and Phase II)for the purpose of World Bank funding.
 
Phase I
Phase I includes Works to be completed in next 5 years.
Cost Rs.3125.20 crores (Dec 2001 prices)
   
 

MUTP Phase I (Rail Component)

Capacity Augmentation Works

Cost in Crores of Rupees

Quadrupling of Borivali-Virar section 509.0
Provision of 5th line Western Railway 59.0
Kurla Thane Additional pair of lines 166.0
Extension of Harbour line to Goregaon 59.0
   

System Improvement Works:

Optimisation of Western Railway 50.1

Other Works:

Resettlement & Rehabilitation 290.0
EMU procurement & manufacture 1359.2
Maintenance facilities for EMUs 64.3
Stabling lines for EMUs 48.5
Track Machines 31.3
Institutional strengthening & studies 48.2
Grand Total Phase I 3125.2
   
PHYSICAL SCOPE OF MUTP Phase I
Addition of 93 track Kms – existing 790 Kms
101 new 9-car rakes
Resettlement & Rehabilitation of 14,479 Project affected households
Lengthening of all platforms (excluding harbour line) to handle 12 car rakes
Respacing of signals to achieve 3 minutes headway on all the lines
DC to AC conversion in all suburban section except Thane CSTM which will be taken up in Phase I

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Phase II
Phase II includes Works to be completed in next 5 years.
Cost Rs. 5745 crores ( at 2005 prices)
 

MUTP Phase II (Rail Component)

Capacity Augmentation Works

Cost in Crores of Rupees

Kurla-CSTM 5th & 6th Lines 430.0
Thane Kalyan additional pair of lines 180.0
Borivali Mumbai Central 6th line 350.0
Bandra Kurla East West link 360.0
Extension of Harbour Line upto Goregaon 70.0

System Improvement Works:

S&T Upgrade to improve headway 700.0

Other Works:

Resettlement & Rehabilitation 160.0
EMU procurement & manufacture 2880.0
Maintenance facilities for EMUs 200.0
Stabling lines for EMUs 65.0
Institutional strengthening & studies 50.0
   
Grand Total Phase II  5745
   
PHYSICAL SCOPE OF MUTP Phase II
Addition of 122 track Kms – existing 790 Kms and 93 Kms added in MUTP Phase I
131 new 9-car rakes
DC to AC conversion in Thane CSTM section (172 Track km) , completing the DC-AC conversion on Mumbai Suburban.
Resettlement & Rehabilitation of 4,000 Project affected households
Lengthening of all platforms (excluding harbour line) to handle 12 car rakes
Signalling and telecommunication system upgradation for improved headway and reliability

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For a Graphical Presentation of Our Projects click here

   

Benefits to Passengers

 

Benefits to Commuters on completion of Project

  Reduction in journey time and waiting time
Improved punctuality of trains
Easier entry and exit at stations
Improvements in new trains
Better riding
    • Better ventilation and air circulation
    • Better lighting
    • Larger windows
    • Announcement and display system in trains
Phase I Benefits
Reduced overcrowding:
  Bring down the passengers per 9 coach train to 3600 as against the existing 5000.
    • 12 car trains to replace 9 car trains
    • Increase in frequency by about 20%
    • Increase in carrying capacity by 35%
Extension of suburban trains to Dahanu Road.
   
Phase II Benefits
Further reduction in overcrowding.
  Bring down the passengers per 9 coach train to 2700 as against 3600 on completion of MUTP Phase I.
To completely segregate the suburban train operations from the main line services.
To reduce headway to around 2.5 minutes, i.e. 24 suburban trains of 12-car per hour per corridor in the peak hour peak direction.
To establish connectivity between Western & Central Railways at Bandra and Kurla.

Funding

The MUTP (Rail Component) is being funded with Public Public Participation, i.e., Budgetary support from Government of Maharashtra and Ministry of Railways. It is also being funded by loan from the World Bank.
World Bank Funds 1613 Cr.
Ministry of Railways 756 Cr.
Government of Maharashtra 756 Cr.
Total 3125 Cr.
Surcharge has been levied on commuters with effect from 15th September 2003 for repayment of the World Bank loan.
In addition, MRVC plans to raise revenue from commercial development of railway land and air space for financing future projects.
 
Scheme for funding Phase II is under consideration.
 

Contact Us

 

MUMBAI RAILWAY VIKAS CORPORATION LTD.

(A PSU of Govt. of India, Ministry of Railways)

Churchgate Station Bldg., 2nd floor, Mumbai 400020

Telephone no. : +91-22 – 22080015

Fax: +91-22 – 22096972

Email: cmemrvc@vsnl.net

Time Table of Shuttle / Passenger Trains on Virar-Dahanu Section

Timing of Shuttle / Passenger Trains on Virar-Dahanu Section
(Western Railway Main Line) Table 1 of 4 (Dahanu-Virar)

Stations

Table 1 of 4

242

144

124

502

138

118

504

240

 

Viramgam
BCT
 

Dahanu Road
Virar

Valsad
BCT
 

Dahanu Road
Virar

Surat
Virar
 

Dahanu Road
Virar

Dahanu Road
Virar

Ahmedabad
BDTS
 

 

Dahanu Road

d.

00.52

04.55

06.16

07.00

08.44

09.35

10.50

11.48

 

Vangaon

d.

01.09

05.08

06.29

07.12

08.57

09.48

11.02

12.02

 

Boisor

d.

01.22

05.17

06.38

07.22

09.06

09.57

11.12

12.12

 

Umroli

d.

07.29

10.05

11.19

 

Palghar

d.

01.38

05.29

06.53

07.37

09.24

10.13

11.27

12.27

 

Kelve Road

d.

01.51

05.39

07.17

07.47

09.33

10.23

11.37

12.38

 

Saphale

d.

02.01

05.46

07.24

07.55

09.41

10.30

11.45

12.46

 

Vaitarna

d.

05.56

07.33

08.04

09.50

10.39

11.54

12.56

 

Virar

d.

02.35

06.15

07.55

08.20

10.10

10.55

12.10

13.28

 

[ Tables: Dahanu-Virar: 1, 2, Virar-Dahanu: 3, 4 ]
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Timing of Shuttle / Passenger Trains on Virar-Dahanu Section
(Western Railway Main Line) Table 2 of 4 (Dahanu-Virar)

Stations

Table 2 of 4

122

140

506

246

162

110

744

148

746

Dahanu
Road
Virar

Vapi
Virar
 

Dahanu Road
BDTS

Vapi
BDTS
 

 Dahanu Road
BDTS

Baruch
Virar
 

MEMU
Sanjan
Virar

Surat
Virar
 

MEMU
Dahanu
Virar

Dahanu Road

d.

14.15

14.50

17.20

18.17

18.55

20.03

21.13

21.34

22.10

Vangaon

d.

14.28

15.08

17.32

18.30

19.08

20.16

21.24

21.47

22.21

Boisor

d.

14.37

15.18

17.42

18.40

19.17

20.25

21.32

21.56

22.30

Umroli

d.

14.45

17.49

19.24

21.39

22.36

Palghar

d.

14.53

15.30

17.57

18.52

19.32

20.42

21.46

22.13

22.44

Kelve Road

d.

15.02

15.40

18.07

19.02

19.41

20.52

21.55

22.23

22.53

Saphale

d.

15.10

15.47

18.15

19.09

19.48

20.59

22.02

22.30

22.59

Vaitarna

d.

15.19

15.56

18.24

19.20

19.57

21.09

22.10

22.40

23.07

Virar

d.

15.40

16.15

18.40

19.40

20.13

21.30

22.30

23.00

23.20

[ Tables: Dahanu-Virar: 1, 2, Virar-Dahanu: 3, 4 ]
[ Main Time-Table ][ Tele Nos: {Central} {Western} ][ Top ]


Timing of Shuttle / Passenger Trains on Virar-Dahanu Section
(Western Railway Main Line) Table 3 of 4 (Virar-Dahanu)

Stations

Table 3 of 4

743

109

501

117

147

503

245

139

121

MEMU
Virar
Sanjan

Virar
Bharuch
 

BDTS
Dahanu
Road

BDTS
Dahanu
Road

Virar
Surat
 

Virar
Dahanu Road

BDTS
Vapi
 

Virar
Valsad
 

Virar
Dahanu Road

Virar d.

04.40

04.10

05.29

05.56

07.45

08.30

10.38

11.30

11.55

Vaitarna

d.

04.49

04.21

05.39

06.07

07.56

08.39

10.49

11.41

12.06

Saphale

d.

04.57

04.30

05.48

06.16

08.05

08.48

10.58

11.50

12.15

Kelve Road

d.

05.03

04.39

05.57

06.26

08.14

08.56

11.07

11.57

12.24

Palghar

d.

05.12

04.50

06.07

06.37

08.25

09.05

11.18

12.06

12.35

Umroli

d.

05.19

06.15

06.46

09.13

12.44

Boisor

d.

05.26

05.01

06.22

06.53

08.38

09.20

11.30

12.18

12.51

Vangaon

d.

05.35

05.11

06.32

07.03

08.48

09.30

11.40

12.28

13.01

Dahanu
Road

d.

05.50

05.23

06.50

07.25

09.00

09.50

11.53

12.43

13.20

[ Tables: Dahanu-Virar: 1, 2, Virar-Dahanu: 3, 4 ]
[ Main Time-Table ][ Tele Nos: {Central} {Western} ][ Top ]


Timing of Shuttle / Passenger Trains on Virar-Dahanu Section
(Western Railway Main Line) Table 4 of 4 (Virar-Dahanu)

Stations

Table 4 of 4

505

239

161

 

137

745

123

143

241

Virar
Dahanu Road

BCT
Ahmedabad
 

Virar
Dahanu Road

 

Virar
Surat
 

MEMU
Virar
Dahanu

BCT
Valsad
 

Virar
Dahanu Road

BCT
Viramgam
 

Virar d.

13.20

14.18

16.35

 

17.10

18.00

19.28

22.45

00.18

Vaitarna

d.

13.29

14.29

16.46

 

17.21

18.09

19.39

22.56

Saphale

d.

13.38

14.38

16.55

 

17.30

18.17

19.48

23.05

00.38

Kelve Road

d.

13.47

14.45

17.04

 

17.37

18.23

19.55

23.14

00.47

Palghar

d.

13.57

14.54

17.15

 

17.46

18.32

20.05

23.25

01.00

Umroli

d.

14.05

17.24

 

18.39

Boisor

d.

14.12

15.08

17.31

 

17.57

18.46

20.16

23.37

01.30

Vangaon

d.

14.22

15.33

17.41

 

18.08

18.55

20.26

23.47

01.56

Dahanu
Road

d.

14.40

15.45

18.00

 

18.38

19.10

20.38

00.05

02.10

Note: [ a. ] Arrival   [ d. ] Departure

Charkop metro project

Rs 6,192 cr Charkop metro project gets go-ahead from state

CM Vilasrao Deshmukh made the announcement yesterday after a meeting with the MMRDA. The route will extend to Mankhurd via Bandra

All about the project

• Route length:  31.87 km

• Number of stations:  27

• Expected number of passengers per day (in lakhs):
 12.75 (by 2011)
 18.77 (by 2021)
 22.16 (by 2031)

• Estimated cost: Rs 6,192 crore (inclusive of taxes, land cost)

• Completion date:  2011

• Land required: 46.98 hectares

• The line connects the western and eastern suburbs through the 31.87 km elevated route

• The railway line will travel at a height of 5 to 12 meters above ground level.

• The Metro line will meet the present suburban rail network at few points — Charkop, Bandra, Kurla and Mankhurd. At Kurla, the Metro station will come up above the present Kurla station

• All stations will have two levels. On the first level various facilities for the commuters would be provided and the platforms would be on the second level.

• International tenders will be invited for the project on a Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) basis

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