Mumbai, Sep 29 (UNI) State Railway Minister Naranbhai Rathwa today laid the foundation stone for the world class terminus building, providing state-of-the-art passenger amenities, at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus (LTT) of Central Railway at Kurla in the eastern suburbs, here.
The Minister also inaugurated a new platform for long distance trains at the LTT.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Rathwa said that the projected cost of the new building is Rs 16.49 crore and it will be completed within a time frame of 18 months. The area on which the building will be constructed is 150 m X 30 m and it will have a 128m long and 7m wide subway connecting the platforms and the new station building.
It will also have a booking office, food shops, chemists, retiring rooms and other facilities for the passengers.
The Minister also said that during the first five months of the current fiscal year the ministry has spent Rs 15 crore on providing maximum amenities to the passengers across the country and in the last year Rs 36 crore were spent on providing facilities to the passengers.
Mr Rathwa announced that Railways has decided to increase the timings of reserve compartments for ladies in the local trains from 0700 hours to 2300 hours from October 2.
He added that Railways has decided to run 25 more trains on Harbour lines and eight trains between Vashi and Thane from Tuesday on the occasion of 'Gandhi Jayanti.' Those present on the occasion were Mumbai Mayor Subha Raul, Member of Parliament Gurudas Kamath, Dara Singh, Minister of State for Social Welfare Chandrakant Handore, Member of Legislative Assembly Nawab Mallik and other high profile dignitaries.