The Nerul-Uran-Belapur railway corridor

The first phase of the Nerul-Uran-Belapur railway corridor is set to be commissioned by Union railway minister Piyush Goyal and chief minister Devendra Fadnavis. This 12 km-long corridor is part of a Rs.1,782-crore project that will eventually cover 27 km. On the day of the commissioning, a train will run from Kharkopar and cover Baman Dongri, Targhar and Seawoods-Darave to reach Nerul. While travelling from Belapur to Kharkopar, the train will directly head to Targhar and not go via Seawoods-Darave. However, as of now, there will be no halt at Targhar for any train as the station is still under construction. Regular services will start from Monday with the first run from Kharkopar to Nerul scheduled at 6.50 am and from Belapur at 6.22 am for Kharkopar. While the travel time from Kharkopar station to Nerul station has been pegged at 20 minutes, it will be 18 minutes from Kharkopar station to Belapur station as this stretch has one station less. The one-way travel fare on both stretches has been fixed at Rs.5. The new corridor will help residents of Ulwe and nearby areas to get a direct connect to CSMT and Panvel station on the Harbour line. The residents of Ulwe will also get connectivity to Thane as they can now board Trans-Harbour trains. Cidco and Central Railway have a 67:33 cost-sharing arrangement for developing the rail network in Navi Mumbai.

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