New Rail Terminal to make Panvel a realty hotspot

By Dr Niranjan Hiranandani, National President, NAREDCO

The Maharashtra Government and the Indian Railways have announced the completion of over half of the work necessary for creating a world-class railway terminal in Panvel. The announcement essentially underscores the shift in centre-point Mumbai which is expected to be in Panvel. This positive announcement will have a progressive impact on Panvel as an emerging preferred realty destination factoring the boost in connectivity.

The evolution of any urban conglomeration into a vibrant global city is a gradual process, one that begins with planned development, robust infrastructure and improved connectivity. The announcement of Panvel railway station to be developed as a rail terminal will augment the location preference quotient. From just being a sleepy town situated at the tri-junction of roads that connect Mumbai, Goa and Pune, Panvel is fast morphing into the ‘central location’ in the MMR, and with planned infrastructure – including the railway terminal – all set, this will enhance transport linkages to become the choice real estate hot-spot.

To resonate with why the new rail terminal will further foster the growth of Location ‘Panvel’ begins with its linkage to the Navi Mumbai International Airport, goes on through the Mumbai trans-harbour link (MTHL) to the new suburban rail corridors that will connect Panvel and Navi Mumbai to existing railway hubs. The state government has extended support to convert Panvel from just a terminus for harbour line trains from Mumbai CSMT into a much bigger station.

This represents the growth potential of Raigad district, which is gradually upgrading, with Alibaug being seen as one of the beneficiaries of this rail linkage. The ‘future-proof’ rail network is being created, and in this, Panvel as a railway terminal will play an important role. It dove-tails with permission for fast lane CSMT-Panvel elevated rail corridor having been granted. The elevated corridor has the potential to enhance connectivity in addition to the speed in linking Panvel with Mumbai’s CBDs. Panvel will be linked with CSMT in a time-span of just 50 minutes once the elevated tracks become operational. Panvel evolving into a terminal meant it would reduce the load from CSMT, Kurla LTT and Dadar – because the human resources that power Mumbai will largely be shifting to Panvel and such new evolving hubs.

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