The construction of a new local terminal at Shivajinagar Railway Station has been completed. Local trains to Lonavla will run from the new platform from January 30, said authorities. This would drastically bring down the number of local trains departing from Pune station.
The railway administration made the decision to build an EMU (Electric Multiple Unit, or Local) terminal at Shivajinagar station in order to reduce the burden at the Pune station. A new platform with a length of 330 metres has been built. For this, almost 1 crore has been invested. About fifteen locations headed for Lonavla would leave from Shivajinagar station after the terminal gets operational.
Trains which have a heavy load of passengers will only leave Pune station. This applies to the trains which arrive in Pune at 5 pm. The number of local coaches between Pune and Lonavla will remain the same. The 12-coach local train will continue to run.
“For postal express, platforms one and two above Shivajinagar remain open. At Shivajinagar station, the local terminal’s construction is progressing quickly. The pier and other projects have been finished. This platform would be operational by the end of January” said Manoj Jhawar, the public relations officer for Central Railway’s Pune Division.
*On the track from Shivajinagar to Lonavla, four local trains would be introduced in the first phase. The necessary preparations have been made, and MP Girish Bapat will inaugurate it in the next three to four days,” he said.